Bethesda-Chevy Chase rescue squad asks for chunk of surplus

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WJLA) - The town of Chevy Chase has a budget surplus of $9 million this year and the volunteer Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is asking for a piece of the pie.

The 73-year-old rescue squad is asking for $250,000 to replace one of its two aging ambulances. Until recently, a foundation helped pay for the squad’s new equipment, but that source is no longer available. The squad initially requested money to replace both ambulances, but Chevy Chase is only considering chipping in for one.

“When you have to replace one ambulance every other year, that comes out to a huge amount of money,” said Brooke Davies of the rescue squad. “The individual contributions that we get just don't replace the capital improvement costs.”

Chevy Chase’s town manager said the request “was as much a worthy request that has been made to the town,” but town residents have mixed opinions on funding an ambulance that would serve both Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

“I would be willing to spend the money needed for the ambulance but not the whole amount,” Chevy Chase resident Anthula Gross said. “I think it should be shared among the various localities.”