09/25/11 141 W - + 5 - 7 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in 1950

This wonderful short film titled Wisconsin 1000 is making the rounds. Produced in 1950 by the Department of State, it highlights the early history of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Maryland. There's a bounty of vintage vehicles, equipment, uniforms, and techniques on display. It's also a superbly produced film that was subsequently printed in ten languages and circulated worldwide. Readers are encouraged to compare with their memories and perspectives on early rescue squads in our area. The Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad comes to mind as maybe comparable to what's presented, though they were chartered in 1953 and with city and county aid and effort. And they didn't roll with a dozen people staffing a heavy rescue truck. (See this RFD timeline and scroll to 1953, for more info.) Anyway, watch, enjoy, and marvel at the way things were...

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