The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is an all-hazard fire and rescue organization responding to structural fire, vehicle crash, technical rescue and emergency medical incidentsa cross southern Montgomery County, Maryland. In addition, we provide emergency medical response to Northwest portions of the District of Columbia, continuing a long-standing tradition of serving Northwest residents since the 1930’s.
Since the start of our pioneering organization, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad has proudly operated as Montgomery County Rescue Company One. One of two volunteer fire companies in Montgomery County dedicated to operating heavy rescue squad and emergency medical service units, the BCCRS operates as an integral component of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.
Following the terror attacks of 9/11 in 2001, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments established a regional radio call sign plan to enable better interoperability between units of different cities and counties. While we continue to think of ourselves as Rescue Company One, our radio call signs today include the identifier 741. The number seven at the start of the call sign identifies our units as part of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, preventing confusion when we respond to Fairfax County or the District of Columbia. The number 41 designates our station in the list of Montgomery County stations. But, in our hearts, we remain Rescue Company One.
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad’s 150 professionally trained volunteers respond to incidents during regularly scheduled evening, night, and weekend duty shifts. On weekdays, units are staffed with BCCRS employees, volunteers, one Montgomery County Fire Rescue paramedic and one Montgomery County Fire Rescue EMT. This staffing strategy ensures that personnel are ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our fleet includes 7 ambulance/medic units, 2 heavy rescue squads, and various command and utility vehicles.