About Us: 

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.

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

VAVRS Membership Types: 
Below is a description of the various membership types. 

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Strategic Plan:

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


The position of TRAINING COORDINATOR is currently vacant. Please contact Barry McDonald, Executive Director and/or Mary Shively, Office Manager for any training questions or issues. You can reach both Barry and Mary at (804) 749-8191.

The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc.

October 5, 2021 

The VAVRS is seeking a motivated individual for the position of TRAINING COORDINATOR.
The Training Coordinator is responsible for maintaining and coordinating EMS/first responder training throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, working with volunteers and instructors on course session scheduling, set up, material production, record maintenance, course promotion and training development. Travel with some overnight stays is required.
The person hired to fill this position must have excellent people and communication skills, the ability to work independently, be a team player and have an overall desire to help improve the training opportunities for the EMS/first responders in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The position works out of the state office in Oilville, Virginia and reports to the Executive Director.
The desired candidate will have a minimum of three years program experience, two years EMS experience and a high school diploma or equivalent. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
We offer a competitive salary and the following benefits,
Health insurance
Paid vacation
Sick leave
Partial reimbursement for use of personal cell phone for business
Mileage reimbursement for use of personal vehicle for business
Cover letter and resume should be emailed to Barry McDonald, barrymcdonald@vavrs.com.

No phone calls please.


At the First Responder Virginia 2021 Conference held in Virginia Beach from September 22nd until September 25th the following individuals were elected to serve as the 2022 officers for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc.

President - Wesley Melson
Vice President - Joey King
Secretary - Clarence Fox
Treasurer - Andy Neagle
Chaplain - Nick Brown
Training Officer - Frank Smith

Also, two individuals were inducted into VAVRS Life Membership

Connie Moore
Kenneth Frenier


Volunteer Firefighter and Rescue Squad Service Award Program:

This Service Award Program for Volunteer Firefighters and Rescue Squad Workers (VOLSAP) was created by state statute, specifically § 51.1-1200–51.1-1211 of the Code of Virginia, to provide a mechanism by which the state could facilitate optional retirement savings for volunteer firefighters and rescue squad workers throughout the Commonwealth.   


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2021 VAVRS EVOC Instructor Updates

In 2021 the VAVRS Training Committee hosted 14 instructor updates opportunities within the districts and/or at the State Office and recertified 145 instructors.
The instructors that attended the update may offer the new course and are still certified to instruct the 2015 EVOC Program however that program will sunset on December 31, 2021. 
The VAVRS will host a 2021 EVOC Instructor Update on Saturday, November 13th at the VAVRS State Headquarters and Training Center, 2535 Turkey Creek Road, Oilville, VA 23129 from 1p until 4p.  To attend you must register by sending an email to gdalton@vavrs.com or call Gary Dalton 540-481-0125.  Any additional updates will be posted as soon as those dates are set.  
Questions? Email Gary Dalton - gdalton@vavrs.com 

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This link highlights some of the most frequently asked questions. Everything in this FAQ may be found in greater detail within the CDC documents.  It is especially important that the DICO refer constantly to these guidance documents from the CDC.  Links to these documents are contained within this FAQ page. 
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Member Spotlight

The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads is THE voice of EMS…. the advocate for our members, 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, on state advisory boards, as well as on state and local committees. 

When our members have training issues or 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

District 1 Meeting
Oct 24 12:00 pm
District 5 meeting
Nov 13 to Nov 13
Board of Directors - In Person
Nov 13 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
EVOC Instructor Update
Nov 13 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm