bethesda chevy chase rescue squad

Types of Service

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Technicians respond to many types of medical emergencies in ambulances from our headquarters at Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane. An additional ambulance operates from the Bethesda Fire Department Station 26 on Democracy Boulevard near Montgomery Mall. We have primary responsibility for ambulance transport service in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and parts of North Bethesda. Generally, an EMT will respond on a BLS unit to calls such as a stroke, an injured person, a sick person, a car accident, an assault, or child birth.  

Paramedics provide advanced life support and critical-care skills such as cardiac defibrillation and the administration of life-saving drugs. A paramedic will respond on an ALS unit to calls such as a heart attack, trouble breathing, an unconscious person, or a cardiac arrest.  BCCRS units provide transport paramedic services on a daily basis, at varying degrees depending on demand, in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Glen Echo, Cabin John, Potomac, North Bethesda, Kensington, and Rockville. 


In addition, BCCRS operates a Bicycle Emergency Response Team which provides medical support at many large local area events, including the annual Taste of Bethesda festival, Pike’s Peak 10K, and Montgomery County’s “Marathon in the Parks.”




The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad responds to reports of structural fires in our jurisdiction upon dispatch by Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services 911 center.  Our heavy rescue truck responds to fire incidents with a crew of certified fire fighters equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), fire fighting tools and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).  At fire scenes, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad crew is responsible for performing thorough searches of the structure to locate and remove fire victims.  Once searches are complete, our crew takes on other fire fighting duties as assigned including extinguishment, ventilation and overhaul.  Fire- Description of our responsibility on fires



As the name of the organization suggests, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad has responsibility for a wide range of rescue operations in our response area.  Following dispatch by Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services 911 center, our heavy rescue squad truck responds with an extensive complement of specialized tools and a trained crew.  Rescue operations range from mundane minor vehicle collisions to complex technical rescue tasks such as freeing entrapped patients from machinery, extracting victims overcome in confined-spaces or aiding trapped workers stranded on tall structures.


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