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Response Statistics

Rescue Squad Responds to One Call Every Hour Throughout 2017
Auto Accidents and Emergency Medical Calls Top the List

Bethesda, MD - The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad responded to 8,824 calls in 2017, which averages to more than one call every hour of every day of the year. Unit responses in 2017 were 10,324 reflecting the fact that multiple units may be dispatched for a single incident.

Automobile accidents topped the list, with BCCRS units responding to more than 1,337 such incidents in 2017. Forty of these incidents were dispatched with a report of a person trapped or otherwise seriously injured.

As with fire/rescue departments throughout the country, more than 80% of the Squad's calls in 2017 were for some type of emergency medical situation. BCCRS firefighters and emergency personnel responded to 153 incidents involving a report of smoke or fire in a building or structure and 36 involving vehicles.

The Top 15 call types in 2017 were as follows:

1. Automobile accident: 1,337
2. Injured person: 1,241
3. Sick person (unspecified): 1,188
4. Trouble breathing: 744
5. Decreased level of consciousness: 710
6. Cardiac event (chest pain/heart attack): 503
7. Automatic fire alarm: 268
8. One down (unspecified): 208
9. Unconscious person: 202
10. Automatic medical alarm: 184
11. Seizure: 169
12. Abdominal pain: 165
13. Stroke: 158
14. Hemorrhage: 157
15. Structure fire: 153


"We responded to a significant number of calls last year, many of which were preventable" said BCCRS Chief Edward G. ("Ned") Sherburne. "We responded to 70 calls involving a pedestrian struck by a car, and virtually all of these are preventable," according to Sherburne. Sherburne offered the following life and home safety tips:

  • Drivers in the downtown Bethesda area should follow applicable traffic safety laws, including yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians should also be aware of their surroundings and cross streets only in designated cross walks and follow crossing signals."
  • Smoke detectors save lives, but remember they must be replaced after 10 years. As of January 1, 2018, Maryland requires all battery only smoke detectors be replaced with units powered by sealed-in 10-year long life batteries.
  • Residents and others should activate 9-1-1 promptly when they suspect someone is experiencing chest pains or other indications of a potential cardiac event. Rapid identification, transport and intervention of heart attack and stroke patients has been shown to save lives and improve patient outcomes.

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The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad provides 24/7/365 emergency medical, fire and rescue service to residents, businesses and visitors in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and surrounding communities. Established in 1937, the Squad is managed entirely and staffed primarily by more than 150 volunteer paramedics, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. BCCRS is fully integrated into the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service department.

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