Friday, January 15, 2010

DC Charity Spotlight: Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

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$100: 1 oxygen tank to assist fire and accident victims;
$500: IV fluids for 1 medical emergency;
$1100: 1 CPAP device to open airways in breathing emergencies

The only station in the county truly 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 service -- 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, for teenagers in vehicle collisions, for heart attack victims, and for 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 3,000 times in the past year alone. BCCRS prides itself on "answering the call." You can too.

Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
5020 Battery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
301 652 0077

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