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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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.           


The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1935, is seeking an innovative leader to assume the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will report to the VAVRS Executive Board and work directly with the President and staff.


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.

Special Discounts:
The Holiday Inn at Virginia Beach North Beach is offering discounted rates from November 2020 through January 2021 for rescue squad members and their families. Take advantage of this opportunity to get away, spend quality time with the family and cleanse the soul with beautiful ocean air! See the details below.

85th Anniversary:

2020 is the Association's 85th Anniversary!

VAVRS has enjoyed many years of prosperity in serving the amazing Emergency Medical Services Personnel across the Commonwealth. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us succeed.


2020 Grants and Sponsorships:
Please support those who suport us!


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

VAVRS Instructors and Students: 
Below is the Training Program COVID-19 Reopening Chart. 


Strategic Plan:

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

Traffic Incident Management Award:

This NEW award recognizes the accomplishments in the area of Roadway Safety and Traffic Incident Management.
This award is open to those that respond to roadway incidents and will be presented in conjunction with the Governors Virginia EMS Awards. 
Award Nomination Form

Member Spotlight

In August 2019 the VAVRS Executive Committee approved a $100.00 fee for non-VAVRS members to attend any VAVRS Course. 

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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