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Posted on: October 6, 2016

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department to Thank City for New Chase Car

Fire Department Representatives to Bring Car to Oct. 10 Mayor and Council Meeting

Rockville, Maryland, Oct. 6 – Rockville Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) members will gather before the Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 10 to thank the City of Rockville for supporting the department’s purchase of a new advanced life support (ALS) chase car.

Members will gather alongside the recently purchased chase car and other apparatus at 6:45 p.m. in front of City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., to formally thank the Mayor and Council for awarding RVFD a $57,000 grant in the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30.

The car, a 2016 Chevy Tahoe known as ALS703, will be staffed around the clock with RVFD volunteer and career paramedics. It will supplement existing ALS service, which is provided with a paramedic transport unit (Medic 703) and the paramedic-staffed engine. The unit will carry a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, ALS medications, a Lucas CPR device and airway management equipment.

“It will directly affect every resident and visitor to the city because it will allow us to better deploy our paramedics, both volunteer and career, to meet the community’s needs,” said Eric N. Bernard, president of the RVFD.

The chase car makes RVFD one of the first departments in the county to deploy a new service model, which places paramedics on rapid response vehicles and emergency medical technicians on ambulances. “The paramedic is not tied to the cot,” Bernard said.

Learn more about the vehicle at http://rvfd.org/als-chase-car-placed-service/.

RVFD, which has more than 200 members and four stations, provides fire protection to Rockville. The city’s ongoing support of RVFD includes $10,000 a year that the city reimburses the department for its water bill.

Media interested in covering the thank you ceremony should contact Marylou Berg, Rockville’s director of communication, at mberg@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8105.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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