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.


VAVRS 2023 Spring BOG Meeting Information

Spring Board of Governor’s is quickly approaching.  This year’s event will take place in Williamsburg at the Doubletree Williamsburg, March 25, 2023.  The cutoff date for reservations is February 22, 2023, and the room rate is $139.00 per night.  Hotel reservations can be made by calling 800-222-8733.   When calling, tell the staff you are making a reservation for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Spring Board of Governors Meeting.  Hotel check-in on March 24, 2023, will be after 4pm and there will be a Friday night hospitality room.   Please note, there are no free breakfast restaurants on site.  


VAVRS 2023 Important Dates Flyer (click to download)


First Responder Virginia Save the Date Card (click to download)


The VAVRS is thrilled to offer the EMS German Exchange Program

The VAVRS was forced to shut down the EMS German Exchange due to the global pandemic and subsequent COVID restrictions. However, we are pleased to open it up once again to member's of the VAVRS. Please take a moment to read the letter and complete the application. We look forward to bringing this program back to life and hope you will join us by taking advantage of this unique opportunity.





Since March of 2022, we have been working with a group organizing a medical supply effort for Ukrainians. Since March, we have been able to help get multiple ambulances donated as well as countless medical equipment and supplies. The amount of need and support for Ukraine is immense. We are using LifeCare Medical Transport in Fredericksburg as a collection point for items. 

Click here to see the for more information and feel free to share with other EMS agencies. 


Annual Convention Information

2023 First Responder Virginia September 20-23, 2023 - Hampton, VA

Congratulations to our new Life Members

VAVRS:  Steve Ayers
VAVRS:  Kim Craig
AVAVRS:  Layne Lusk

Congratulations to the newest inductee to the Virginia Lifesaving
and Rescue Hall of Fame
Warren Winner



The VAVRS cultivates connections and partnerships between Virginia's emergency medical responders. The VAVRS has several different types of membership including Agency Membership, Supporting Member with Training, Supporting Member without Training and Individual Membership.


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Member Spotlight

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:
VAVRS Strategic Plan

(an updated Strategic Plan will be submitted for approval at the 2023 Spring BOG Meeting.




2023 Spring BOG Meeting

March 25, 2023

Williamsburg, VA

2023 Rescue College

June 9-18, 2023

Blacksburg, VA

Rescue College Scholarship Applications

2023 FRV Convention

September 20-23, 2023

Hampton, VA


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



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