ATTN: Clothing Donations

     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.

Thank you for your donation and cooperation.

Avoid Grill Fires!

    Don't Cook More Than You Planned..

Avoid Grill Disasters!  

 from May 23, 2013 Washington Post article by Jura Koncius

See article:

 Avoid Grill Fires

Cost Effective Service

Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Departments save taxpayers more than $23 million each year.

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Providing Cost Effective Public Safety

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Bethesda Fire Department, Inc.
6600 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Non-Emergency: 301-652-5602

 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
Sat. Nov 21st 2015
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking - frying, broiling or boiling -  at high temperatures.• Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.• Watch...
Mon. Oct 5th 2015
At the very least, all homes need a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage, as well as one near the outdoor grill. Because fire extinguishers are rated based on what type of fire they put out, make sure you have the appropriate one handy. The fire extinguisher's rating system may also affec...
Mon. Oct 5th 2015
Someone is calling local citizens and falsely claiming to collect donations for a local fire department.  Residents in Chevy Chase Village and North Bethesda have received calls from someone claiming to be collecting money for the Fire Department or Firefighters.Police in the Village and t...
Mon. Oct 5th 2015
The Bethesda Fire Department has partnered with MetroAid for the clothing donation initiative.  MetroAid’s mission is to assist MD, DC, and VA charities with raising funds through the sourcing and sale of donated clothing.Your support is great appreciated; please donate your clothing...
Mon. Oct 5th 2015
Our main concern is to keep you informed and protected from fire.  Please see the link below and pass this information to your friends and family. Also, please watch from the link below the short videos and learn how to protect your family from fir...
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