An Open Letter to Our Community
Dear Neighbors and Friends:
We deeply value and appreciate the special relationship that the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) has with the residents, businesses and visitors to the community that we have the privilege to serve. As an organization led and primarily staffed by volunteers, and one that relies on voluntary donations for the bulk of our operating costs, we believe we are in partnership with the our community.
This letter provides an update on our goal of building a state-of-the-art facility at our current location and to raise the money for this project by developing a portion of our property. In May 2017, the Montgomery County Council approved the Bethesda Sector Plan ("Plan"). The Plan rezoned our property at 5020 Battery Lane from residential (R-60) to permit commercial development of up to 90' in height. We were pleased with the Council's decision as it provides BCCRS with flexibility to determine how to replace our current facility – which is almost 50 years old and is inadequate to meet our future needs in service to our community.
We wanted to let residents and friends know that we have allowed our agreement with a local developer to expire. We have no current plan to develop the property. Rather, we intend to use the next 9-12 months (or longer if needed) to chart a course forward. We have learned a lot about the development process and will leverage this knowledge as we assess a wide range of options for constructing a state-of-the-art facility that our community deserves and expects. This includes improved sleeping facilities for live-in members, modern training capabilities, up-to-date meeting space, and other features found in newly-constructed fire/rescue facilities around the country.
In the meantime, the 150+ volunteer paramedics, firefighters and EMTs at BCCRS, supplemented by our very capable day staff, will continue to operate from our current facility. We are excited about the future, which includes the delivery of two new BLS/ALS (ambulances (April 2018) and new equipment for our existing EMS and heavy fire/rescue apparatus.
We encourage you to drop by the Squad to take a tour. While the building itself needs an upgrade, you'll find the finest cadre of volunteer emergency personnel anywhere in the country. We'd love to show you what makes BCCRS a unique community institution.
The Board of Directors