Welcome to VAVRS

The VAVRS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with an extensive history of assisting and advocating for EMS agencies in Virginia since 1935. Today we represent over 300 agencies with approximately 20,000 members. We are dedicated to meeting the ever-changing demands of emergency medical responders from all backgrounds and experiences. We provide high quality training and a collaborative environment for all emergency medical responders.


**Chatham Rescue Squad is currently hiring for different provider positions.  Please click here to view their announcement.

**Goochland Fire and Rescue is hosting a Basic Farm Machinery Class on April 12, 13, and 14.  Please click here to view the announcement, and for registration details.  Class is filling up quick so act fast!


2nd Annual Page Entsminger Memorial Training V.A.V.R.S.
Weekend Schedule

Please come join V.A.V.R.S. District 1 with the 2nd Annual Page Entsminger Memorial Training Weekend.

The event is be hosted by Rockbridge Emergency Rescue Group (RERG) at Rockbridge County High School, the address is 143 Greenhouse Rd Lexington, VA.

The event is FREE to Attend!!! There is a  pre resignation required to attend the CE Classes, please have your EMS Cert# handy when signing up. If you plan to attend a VAVRS Class, please go to their website and register. Both links are below.

For the those that attend, you will get category 1 CE hours And a FREE T-Shirt and LUNCH!!!

Lunch was donated by R.E.R.G

Door prizes will be given out on Saturday every hour!!!

50/50 Drawing!!!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

Bubby Bish V.A.V.R.S. Executive Director-  bbish@vavrs.com

Jeff Grimm District 1 VP- bath107@hotmail.com

Travis Cox Event Chairmen- tcox@rockbridgecountyva.gov

Brian Bilheimer V.A.V.R.S. Training Coordinator- brianbilheimer@vavrs.com

  • To sign up for VAVRS Classes login to the website and register for the course:



*(CE Hours will not be awarded to anyone that failed to register for the event)*


** Wintergreen Fire and Rescue is hiring Paramedics for EMS postions only.  Please click here to view the job announcement.  

**Southside Virginia Emergency Crew (SVEC) is currently hiring ALS providers. The link to apply is in the barcode of the flier and can also be found at: https://www.svecems.org/recruitment. Any questions regarding the posting can be directed to Interim Captain Ashley Aleshire at aaleshire@svecems.org

** Free Equipment - The Bristol Life-Saving Crew has three defibrillators and two battery chargers they are looking to give to an agency in need.  They ask that you simply pay for shipping.  Click on the names of the equipment above for photos of the items.  Please contact Tim Salyer (rossct@bvu.net / 423-340-1324) in you are interested.  

 *USFA Releases New Manual on Retention and Recruitment


*Administration Releases New Manual on Retention and Recruitment Posted: June 15, 2023


Ambulance for Sale - Grottoes Rescue (03-25-24)







VAVRS 2024 Important Dates Flyer (click to download)


The VAVRS cultivates connections and partnerships between Virginia's emergency medical responders. The VAVRS has several different types of membership including Agency Membership, Supporting Organization Membership and Individual Membership.


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2024 VAVRS Convention

2024 Rescue College

2025 Spring BOG

Help Ukraine w/Equipment

German Exchange Program

VAVRS Pledge to our Membership

The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads is THE voice of EMS. We advocate for Virginia’s EMS agencies and providers.

We link members and agencies for the purpose of sharing ideas, giving you a voice at the General Assembly, state advisory boards and on state and local committees.

When our members have training needs, they come to the VAVRS. 

When our members need assistance from leadership to budgets they come to the VAVRS. 

We help rescue squads throughout the Commonwealth thrive and succeed so they can provide prompt, effective patient care 24/7 in the communities they serve.

Mission Statement

"The VAVRS shall promote and assist member rescue squads in improving pre-hospital care in Virginia."

Pre-hospital care shall mean providing rescue functions and rendering of emergency care for patients outside the hospital.

The VAVRS shall help its members improve pre-hospital care by:

  • Providing training to it members.
  • Improving communications and liaisons between agencies.
  • Promoting legislation beneficial to pre-hospital providers.
  • Providing management and assistance services.
  • Promoting and recognizing pre-hospital providers.

Upcoming Events

To view a list of the upcoming scheduled training courses - go to Training > Registration



Strategic Plan:

To see the Strategic Plan for VAVRS please click on the plan below:

2024-2026 VAVRS Strategic Plan





2025 Spring BOG Meeting

Location and Date TBD

Charlottesville, VA

2024 Rescue College

June 6-16, 2024

Blacksburg, VA

2024 FRV Convention

September 18-22, 2024

Virginia Beach, VA


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Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc.
2535 Turkey Creek Road
Oilville, VA 23129
P: (804) 749-8191
P: (800) 833-0602
F: (804) 749-8910
Email:  vavrs@vavrs.com

VAVRS State Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm.