September 22-25, 2021
Virginia Beach Convention Center

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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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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

Roanoke Emergency Medical Services to Host the National EMS Memorial Moving Honors Memorial En Route to Arlington, VA
Roanoke, Virginia — The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation, the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) and the City of Roanoke, invite residents of the Roanoke Valley and members of the media to attend the stop of the National EMS Moving Honors Memorial, Tuesday July 20th at 9am at Roanoke Emergency Medical Services Station on Day Ave in Southwest Roanoke. All media outlets are welcome.
The multistate procession marks the countdown to the National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of Honor which recognizes EMS and air medical personnel who have died in the line of duty. In attendance at this event will be the Tree Of Life Processional Ambulance dedicated to Honor those EMS providers whom have died in the line of duty.
What: National EMS Memorial Service Moving Honors Memorial Roanoke, Virginia stop
When: Tuesday July 20th 2021
Where: Roanoke Emergency Medical Service Station – 374 Day Ave SW Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Who: The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF), and the Moving Honors Memorial
Why: In recognition of more than 144 EMS and air medical personnel who have died in the line of duty.

About National EMS Memorial Bike Ride
The mission is to honor EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. Visit us at
About National EMS Memorial Foundation
Their mission is to build the National EMS Memorial in Washington, D.C. that will commemorate the ongoing commitment, service and sacrifice of the Nation’s Emergency Medical Services providers killed, injured, or disabled in the line of duty and for all those that continue to serve. Visit us at
About National EMS Memorial Service
The organization’s mission is to honor those in EMS from air and ground who have made the ultimate sacrifice having died in the line of duty and it is the organization congressionally sanctioned to conduct the annual service. Visit us at

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.   

2021 Traffic Incident Management Award Information:

The Virginia Statewide Traffic Incident Management Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are open for this year's TIM awards.  These awards recognize those that make a significant difference to responder safety through training, organizational management, innovation and collaboration with stakeholders.  
Two award categories will recognize an individual or organization that exemplifies furtherance submitted of the Virginia Statewide Traffic Incident Management Program.
Attached you will find the nomination form describing the awards along with the required documentation and instruction on how to file your nomination. Please read each statement carefully and answer completely along with any needed documentation.
Forward the nomination form to: Nominations must be no later than September 1, 2021.

Click here to download the application.

2021 VAVRS EVOC Instructor Update Information:


Additional VAVRS Instructor Updates have been scheduled.  The Virginia EVOC Coordinators and the VAVRS Training Coordinator have completed an inventory of instructors and any instructors that have not completed the 2021 Instructor Update were sent an email advising them of two additional dates where they can attend in order to remain an active instructor.  Any instructor not completing an update by December 31, 2021 will be removed from instructor status.

Any EVOC Instructor that knows they have not attended and does not want to be overlooked should send an email to Gary Dalton ( with their contact information.

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

Next update:  Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the VAVRS State Headquarters and Training Center, 2535 Turkey Creek Road, Oilville, Va  23129.  To register you must email or call 540-481-0125.

Also, Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the VAVRS State Headquarters and Training Center, 2535 Turkey Creek Road, Oilville, Va  23129.  To register you must email or call 540-481-0125.

Additional dates may occur depending on need.

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.

Upcoming Events

District 1 Meeting
Aug 8 12:00 pm
EVOC Instructor Update
Aug 14 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EVOC Instructor Update
Aug 21 10:00 am - 1:00 pm