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.

** Instructor Updates are scheduled for 02MAR24 at the VAVRS State Office.  Updates include EVOC,  Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations, Advanced Vehicle Extrication, and Bus Extrication.  All of these classes will have two sessions to choose from (1st starts at 1000 - 2nd starts at 1400).  IDC and DICO will run from 1000-1400.  Please pre-register online for the sessions you wish to attend.  Contact the State Office with any questions.  Thanks.  

**Bon Secours, Henrico Fire & Chesterfield Fire & EMS are excited to present the 14th Annual Central Virginia EMS Education Expo with 2 weekends packed with outstanding EMS Education.  March 2 & 3 will be held at the Adult Education Center-Regency Square in Henrico and March 9 & 10 will be held at the Eanes-Pittman Training Center in Chesterfield. The Expo is completely FREE and a catered lunch and snacks are provided each day!  A full course listing with continue education is posted on our website.To register, please visit: www.cvaemsexpo.org. Registration is open NOW!  Space is limited.  Questions??  Contact Amy  amy_howard@bshsi.org.  We look forward to seeing you in March!

** NASCAR First Responder Offer:  NASCAR is offering special discounts on race day in Richmond, March 31, 2024.  Click here to see the announcement and contact information for the person to reach out to if you have any questions.  There is also a link for purchasing tickets!



** 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


“The Future of Medicine Now”, 2024 Cardiovascular Symposium


The Future of Medicine Now 2024 Cardiovascular Symposium will be a half-day conference on March 23rd at the Westin Hotel in Richmond, VA for health care professionals focused on the latest in leading edge technology and research in cardiology and vascular medicine. Topics will include treatment for arrhythmia, heart failure, valvular disease, vascular disease, and current research at HCA Richmond. The goal of this conference is to share the most current cardiac and vascular advancements in treatment, clinical diagnosis, research and technology with our community partners to improve clinical practice.

Please find details and register for the event at: http://tinyurl.com/HCACARDIO24







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

2024 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





2024 Spring BOG Meeting

March 23, 2024

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.