Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Places Two New State-of-the-Art Ambulances in Service
Bethesda, MD-Friday, May 11, 2018.--The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad has placed in service two new state-of-the-art ambulances to serve the residents, businesses and visitors to the Bethesda and Chevy Chase communicates. The units, which cost approximately $325,000/each, will run as Ambulance 741 and Medic 741 and serve as the squad's primary units for responding to medical emergencies.
"The new units will be better and safer for patients and emergency crews," said BCCRS Fire/Rescue Chief Edward G. "Ned" Sherburne. "This continues the Squad's long tradition of adopting proven technologies to improve our emergency medical, fire and service."
Each new unit features all LED and computer-controlled lighting, solid-state wiring, suction and oxygen systems. The interior is designed with our patients and providers in mind, featuring double-wide benches and easy-to-access medication drawers to make medical interventions faster.
With these two new units, all of our front-line ambulances at Battery Lane and Democracy Boulevard feature the Stryker Power Load System, which is an electric stretcher and automatic stretcher-loading system. This system has several safety features that have been shown to significantly improve patient safety and decrease orthopedic injuries for emergency crews. In addition, each ambulance is covered in reflective "Chevron" striping that provides enhanced visibility on roadways. One of the leading causes of injury and deaths to fire/rescue personnel is being struck by vehicles on the scene of emergency incidents – an important safety upgrade as BCCRS units often operate on the Beltway, I-270 and other high-speed roadways.
The new units were purchased with charitable donations as well as funding made available through the County's EMS Transport fee program and Maryland state grants.
"We are very grateful to the Bender, GEICO and Diana Davis Spencer foundations for their generous contributions to the purchase of these new ambulances," said BCCRS President Kenny Holden. "Their continued support for BCCRS is a testament to their commitments to the Bethesda and Chevy Chase communities."
Last year, BCCRS 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.
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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.