The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad is proud and excited to announce the delivery of our new heavy rescue squad and ALS chase vehicle. Over two years in the design and planning process, the new squad continues Wheaton’s history of innovative squad designs while incorporating the best of our previous designs and required modern safety features.
The ALS chase vehicle, designated ALS 742B, will improve paramedic service in the Wheaton/Glenmont/Aspen Hill/Silver Spring area, particularly when additional paramedics are available.
Built by Rescue One in New Jersey on a Seagrave Fire Apparatus tandem axle chassis, the all-stainless steel body contains unique tools and equipment to handle any type of rescue call. The new squad weighs 35 tons, is 37 feet long, and was purchased using a combination of community donations, state, and county grants totaling $1.4 million fully equipped.
The new squad replaces our oldest heavy rescue squad, which is a 1986 box on a 1996 chassis. The new squad is expected to be placed in service in the fall of 2016, and will go in service as Rescue Squad 742.
The 2014-2016 apparatus committee includes:
Chief Mark P Dempsey
Chief Emeritus Allan Platky
Chief Engineer Paul Friedlander
Deputy Chief Jacob DeGlopper
Battalion Chief Todd Sniffin
Captain Adam St John
FF Mark Reddish