The only station in the county maintained, funded, and run by volunteers (it does not receive regular budgeted funds from any government agency), Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad provides its neighbors with the highest quality fire, rescue, and ambulance services at no cost. Begun in 1937 as a local first aid service and remaining a true community organization to this day, BCCRS employs two paramedics and uses a corps of trained, devoted volunteers that includes local scientists, lawyers, students, government bureaucrats, small business owners, teachers, corporate executives, and others. Using cutting-edge technology and operating 24 hours a day, volunteers provide rescue and compassionate care for children caught in house fires, teenagers in vehicle collisions, heart attack victims, and elderly citizens who experience a host of medical emergencies. Not every day is newsworthy, but every day is an opportunity to help someone in distress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, some 10,000 times in the past year alone. BCCRS prides itself on "answering the call." You can too.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4

Population(s) Served: Not applicable

Awards & Recognition

Life Member John Bentivoglio inducted into Montgomery Co. Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association Hall of Fame, September 2009
Gold Medals of Valor to Lt. C. Warfield and MFF J. Klavon, March 20, 2009
"Everyday Heroes" Awards to Lt. C. Warfield and MFF J. Klavon, Feb. 12, 2009
BCCRS Past President and MFF David Chaconas inducted into the Montgomery Co. Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association Hall of Fame, Sept. 18, 2008
Rescue Squad Volunteers take top Honors at Montgomery County Fire Rescue Training Academy graduation, Oct. 9, 2008
Rescue Squad Volunteer Brooke Davies named one of eleven Bethesda-area "wonder women," Bethesda Magazine, Nov. 1, 2007
Rescue Squad Volunteer Kendall Sanderson receives Montgomery County Paramedic of the Year Award, Oct. 3, 2007

Press

  • A Rescue in Bethesda
    Sat Aug 1 2009, The Washingtonian Magazine  

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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