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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National EMS Weekend of Honor 2021-
New dates and location announced

Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2021) –
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, 
the National EMS Memorial Foundation
and the National EMS Memorial Service
announced that the 2021 National
EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor,
originally scheduled for May has been moved
to July 23- 25, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency
Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 
Arlington, VA
The goal for the reschedule was to balance 
our commitment to provide a safe and
healing environment for all attendees while
providing special recognition for the many
participants who remain on the front-line
of the COVID-19 response.

The ceremonies will pay tribute to the past
two year’s honorees-2019-2020-due to the 
cancellation of the 2020 events in response 
to the pandemic.
Visit the National EMS Memorial Service
Website for more information:


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.   



When: June 12-20, 2021

Where:  The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Registration Deadlines:  
Registration Opens:  April 1, 2021
Registration Closes:  May 14, 2021
Cancellation Deadline:  May 28, 2021
Instructor Pretest Deadline:  May 3, 2021

To download a PDF of the 2021 VAVRS Rescue College Brochure - Click Here

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.


There will be a competition this year at Convention for the VAVRS and VAJVRS Scrapbooks (both squad and district).  This duty has been turned over to the AVAVRS and Fay Browning, AVAVRS President, has appointed VAVRS Life Member and Past VAVRS Historian Mike Smoot to take on this position.  For more information click on the links below.  The theme for 2021 is "First Responders, Fire, Rescue, Police, The Real Heroes"

Scrapbook Letter from Mike Smoot

VAVRS Scrapbook Rules

VAVRS District Scrapbook Rules

2021 VAVRS EVOC Instructor Update Information:


Social distancing and mask will be required. To register you must call or email Gary Dalton 540-481-0125 /

If you cannot attend, do not worry as there will be many more opportunities to get this valuable information.

Additional updates will be held by the Instructor Trainers appointed to the districts and should be held before June 30, 2021. We may have updates, as needed, that coincide with other VAVRS events (Rescue College, and/or Convention). This is to be determined.

District 2 will hold their update at Isle of Wight Co 60, 13080 Great Springs Road, Smithfield, VA  23430, VA on May 15th from 9a until 12n.
Register by calling Gary Dalton at 540-481-0125 or emailing:

District 2 will hold another update at Cape Charles Rescue, 22214 S Bayside Road, Cape Charles VA 23310 on June 12th from 9a until 12n.  If you drive a marked vehicle you can get a free pass for the bridge at the toll booth. Register by calling Gary Dalton at 540-481-0125 or emailing:
District 6 will hold their update at the Henry County Public Safety Training Center, 1024 Dupont Road, Martinsville, VA  24112 on May 8 from 8a until 12n.  Register by calling Gary Dalton at 540-481-0125 or emailing:

District 7 will hold their update at Riner VRS, 4171 Riner Road, Riner, VA 24149 on May 15th from 1p till 4p.  
Register by calling Gary Dalton at 540-481-0125 or emailing:

New USB drives, student handbooks, Virginia Laws booklets, training brochures, tests and other information will be disseminated and/or covered after the update.

As always, if you have questions or concerns please contact me at


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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. 
COVID-19 Infomation


Strategic Plan:

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


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.

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