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     Instructions    for those who make used clothing contributions at any of our giant white donation boxes:  

To obtain a tax deduction receipt form, please send an email to with your 1. name, 2. complete address, 3. date of contribution, 4. location of contribution ("box at Station # _" or "box at Democracy Station") and 5. best way to contact you.

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Avoid Grill Disasters!  

 from May 23, 2013 Washington Post article by Jura Koncius

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2014 Call Volume
  FS 6 FS 20 FS 26
Jan 380 177 221
Feb 259 128 145
Mar 290 151 176
Apr 271 140 168
May 309 151 169
Jun 308 154 171
Total 1817 901 1050

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Bethesda Fire Department, Inc.
6600 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD  20815


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 Serving the Greater Bethesda – Chevy Chase Community Since 1926.

     The Bethesda Fire Department, Inc. (BFD) helps save lives three ways in cooperation with Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Services and with thanks for your tax-deductible contributions.  
  • BFD's resources and expertise augment the equipment, maintenance and general care of County professional firefighters who operate from BFD three fire stations. 
  • We encourage fire prevention through education and service. Our classic 1926 American LaFrance Engine, BFD's first pumper, livens up community events.
  • BFD, a 501c3 organization  , owns and maintains three fire stations. Station 6, BFD headquarters, is at the prominent corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley Boulevard. Station 26 sits along Democracy Boulevard next to I270. Station 20 is on Old Georgetown Road at Cedar Lane. 
     BFD is led by a volunteer community-based board of directors. Most board members represent residential constituent communities of Bethesda and Chevy Chase like Somerset, Wyngate and Edgemoor, and the business community through the BCC Chamber of Commerce. 
Ring our Bell to make a Tax-Deductible Contribution that supports BFD’s activities. 

News Headlines
4th of July Edgemoor Parade -A message to the Bethesda Fire Department's Chief.
Tue. Jul 15th 2014
To Fire Chief Gaddis:"I just wanted to say thank you so much for participating in this year's Edgemoor parade.  While I wasn't there and didn't get to meet you, I understand you brought several fire trucks including an antique one, and that you let the children play on the...

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2014 Planning and Development Process - FAQ
Fri. Jul 11th 2014
Bethesda Fire Department2014 Planning and Development ProcessFrequently Asked Questions   The Board of Directors of the Bethesda Fire Department (BFD) is working on a number of conceptual ideas for Fire Station #6 at Wisconsin Ave. and Bradley Blvd. to ensure that we can maintain our high ...

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Watch for the Heat When Having Fun in the Sun!
Thu. Jun 19th 2014
Watch for the Heat When Having Fun in the Sun!We are all longing for those lazy, hazy days of summer, especially after such a harsh winter. Butbeware! Exposure to extreme heat can make a person seriously ill. The likelihood of sufferinga heat‐related injury depends on factors such as physical ...

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Chief James Resnick's Incredible Journey!
Thu. Jun 19th 2014
“Twitter” version, at 2330 hrs on 5/31/2014:My last hour w/DFRS! Thank u all 4 making this an incredible journey–helping the community when they need it most is the highest calling - stay healthy and well!The “usual” Jim Resnick version:For me it all starts and ends wit...

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Davis Library Community Day - Message to the Fire Chief
Thu. Jun 19th 2014
Dear Chief Gaddis,Thank you very much for participating in our 2014 Davis Library Community Day festival, and for arranging for the NIH Fire Station and Station 26 to participate as well.  The fire trucks are always a favorite of children and adults alike, and, perhaps it will influence future ...

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