"Rescue Day" Open House
Please join us for Rescue Day, Saturday October 6, 2012, to be held in conjunction with the Taste of Bethesda
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The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will hold its free annual Open House, “Rescue Day 2012,” on Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. Rescue Day 2012 is being held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week and the Taste of Bethesda, the outdoor food festival held just two blocks away in Bethesda's restaurant district.
Rescue Day will feature fire and rescue activities and displays for all ages, including tours of the station; live demonstrations of emergency medical, rescue, and firefighting equipment; free kids’ firefighter hats; and a moonbounce. The Rescue Squad’s most advanced firefighting and rescue equipment will be on display, including emergency vehicles and the Squad’s thermal imaging camera that is used to help locate fire victims in blinding smoke.
Also scheduled is a special visit by a helicopter used to transport critically injured patients to area hospitals when time is truly of
the essence. Visitors will get an up-close view of the helicopter and have the opportunity to meet the flight medics. Visitors can also learn about volunteering with the Squad and receiving free training to become EMTs, Firefighters, and Paramedics.
Another special treat will be “Rescue 15,” the Squad’s sleek 1972 Cadillac ambulance. The last Cadillac to serve in the Squad’s fleet, “Rescue 15” now serves in a ceremonial function at Squad open houses, parades, and other events, and has become a favorite of kids and families.
For more information, visit www.bccrs.org, or call 301-652-0077.
National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 9, 1871, which killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire actually started the day before but did most of the damage on October 9th. (Source: U.S. Fire Administration.) Each year, the week in which October 9th occurs is declared Fire Prevention Week. Click here to visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website for more information. Stated President Obama, "Fire Prevention Week also calls to our attention the lifesaving work our firefighters perform in communities across America. These courageous professionals are the first ones on the scene during an emergency, fearlessly charging up smoke-filled staircases as people rush down them. " (Source: 2010 Presidential Proclamation). To read the most recent Presidential Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week, click here.
Parking and Directions
The Rescue Squad is located at 5020 Battery Lane, at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road. Ample parking is available at Montgomery County public parking garage #36 at 4910 Auburn Avenue. From there, walk on Auburn Avenue to Old Georgetown Road, take a right on Old Georgetown and walk two blocks to the Rescue Squad. For more information from Montgomery County on parking, click here.
We are also a two-block walk from the Taste of Bethesda. Simply take Norfolk Avenue to its end. Take a left on Rugby Avenue and proceed up the hill one block to where Rugby dead ends into the Rescue Day staging area.
The Rescue Squad is approximately 1/2 mile from the Bethesda Metro Station. From the Metro, walk northwest on Old Georgetown Road to Battery Lane. Montgomery County Ride On bus #34, which stops at the Bethesda Metro Station, will take you directly to the Rescue Squad and will stop right in front of our building. Click here for a "StationMasters" map of the Bethesda Metro Station.
About the Rescue Squad
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides professional, no-charge fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the greater B-CC area and Upper Northwest Washington, D.C. The Squad is a valuable part of the community, providing security and peace of mind to residents and businesses, as well as visitors. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law.
To read about previous Rescue Day's, click here.
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