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.

**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


*USFA Releases New Manual on Retention and Recruitment


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

*Salem Rescue Squad is offering an EMT Course for Winter of 2024 - Click to view announcement


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 Rescue College

June 6-16, 2024

Blacksburg, VA

2024 FRV Convention

September 18-21, 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.