Training Courses Offered by VAVRS

Below is a listing of courses offered by the VAVRS. Select your course of interest for class descriptions and pre-requisites.

For additional information on training classes scheduled or needed, email or call the VAVRS State Office at 804-749-8191 or 1-800-833-0602.

Please note that for all classes sponsored or taught by the VAVRS there is a $100.00 non member fee; additionally if you register for a class and do not attend for emergent reasons there is a $25.00 no show fee that will be charged.
Continuous Education
Continuous Education Hours
Infection Disease Control Basic - Instructor
Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Instructor
Basic & Light Duty Rescue Awareness & Low Angle Operations - Instructor
2015 Instructor Update Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations; Farm Machinery, HTR School Bus
2015 EVOC Instructor Update
2015 Instructor Update Basic & Light - Vertical and Advanced Vertical Rescue Instructor Update ONLY
2015 Infectious Disease Control Instructor Update
Promoting Respect and Inclusion
This course is designed to raise awareness of how our personal beliefs and experiences impact our actions, words and decision making processes, ultimately affecting our interactions with others.  Through this facilitated discussion, we will identify personal and group beliefs and behaviors that influence the workplace and our ability to serve our community.  Ages 16 and up
Mental Health First Aid Safety for Public Safety
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experience a mental health or substance use challenge.  The training helps you identify, understand and respond to the signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
Emergency Service Organization Planning & Strategic Focus Workshops
This program is designed to assist volunteer and combination emergency service organizations in improving their overall performance.  Whether called “transformation,”  “performance management, or “strategic planning,” the development of a strategic focus is the core to long term success.  Based on two texts from VFIS, “Transforming the Volunteer Fire Service” and “Volunteer Fire Service Strategic Focus Model,” a road map to planning and decision-making for your organization is the end result.  The workshop is the core product to understand what change is needed and how to implement that change.
 4 hr course
Managing Volunteer&Small Combinations EMS Organization -Tips for The Dept CEO
This workshop reviews 17 key areas of fire department management, e.g. budgeting, bylaws, when to request legal assistance, strategic planning and more.  The workshop provides five “tips for the fire department CEO,” in each of the areas, which help     assess and enhance your emergency service organization. 
 4 hr course
The Effective Fire Dept Leader - Problems Pitfalls and Penalties
You can’t run the volunteer fire department the way you used to!  Today’s emergency service organization (ESO) is simply not an “emergency response agency.” Your ESO is a quasi-business requiring a number of management practices needed by all volunteer organizations particularly regarding finance, personnel issues and planning in order to function and survive.  Each ESO has a number of leadership positions to divide the work load and more focus can be provided among these positions.  In essence, ESO’s have changed from their original mission  of “response to an emergency”; to one of identifying potential problems, electronic media, planning in order to deal with risks, education to the public, preparing the community in the event of an emergency and    responding to manage the problems that exist.  The Effective Fire Department Leaders program is targeted at the civil organization officer -president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and director/executive committee members.  However,  topics covered and lessons learned will prove to be useful for all levels of department structure and leadership.
 3 hr course
Volunteer Retention & Recruitment For The Emergency Service
The intent of the retention and recruitment presentation is to initiate a foundation for a long term program by exploring challenges and solutions.  The presentation will  consist of various potential strategies for participant’s consideration in their R&R      efforts.  The intent of this information sharing is that with careful and conscientious follow-up, a program can be developed that can yield tangible results.
 2 hour course
Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness
Defensive Tactics
8 hour Defensive Tactics Class8
Program taught by 3rd party
class as of 6/2017 only offered at Rescue College
Stabilization University
taught by MidAltantic at Rescue College
Z - 2017 Adv & Farm Basic/Adv Veh Rs & Veh Bas/School Bus Instructor UpdateZ
2017 Adv & Farm Basic/Adv Veh Rs & Veh Bas/School Bus Instructor Update
Z - 2017 Infectious Disease Control Instructor Update
2017 Infectious Disease Control Instructor Update
Z - 2017 Hazardous Materials 1st Responder Awareness Instructor Update
2017 Hazardous Materials 1st Responder Awareness Instructor Update
Z - 2017 Basic & Light Duty/Vertical/Advanced Vertical
2017 Basic & Light Duty/Vertical/Advanced Vertical - update for instructors
Designated Infection Control Officer Update
Update required for those already certified as Designated Infection Control Officer
Introduction To Swift Water Rescue
This course is designed to introduce personnel to the dangers and hazards associated with swift water rescues. Lectures and practical sessions demonstrate hazards involved and introduce the student to the gear and logistics associated with water rescue work. This course is a prerequisite to Swift Water Rescue.
Methods Of Instruction
Required to be an instructor of VAVRS Courses
Parliamentary Law

This eight-hour class is a student participation class and will cover items that organizations have the most problems with when trying to follow proper parliamentary procedures. Examples: What is a 2/3 vote anyway? What does a majority vote mean on a ballot? What is a unanimous ballot? Can you hold a meeting without a quorum? What problems exist with term limits? This class is open to anyone who is interested in following their organization’s bylaws and wants meetings to be conducted in an orderly fashion. Bring your bylaw questions to class.

Recruitment and Retention

This one-day session is designed for EMS agency leaders who are working through retention issues while experiencing significant growth and change such as the integration of career and volunteer personnel or starting billing for services. Participants will learn a systematic process to work through change and review the importance of the recruiting process plus the application of key retention principles. Directors and chiefs of combination (volunteer and career) departments will find this workshop particularly useful.

Rescue Camp for Youth

A fun-filled exciting program for children ages 8 to 12, covering basic EMS skills and rescue work. The students will participate in hands-on training, learning teamwork, and safety. Students will be exposed to several of the rescue classes being taught at the Rescue College.

Rescue Explorers

A class for young adults 13 to 15 years of age interested in learning about EMS. The program will cover basic skills and other rescue work. The students will participate in hands-on training sessions. Students will be exposed to several of the rescue classes being taught at Rescue College.

Spanish for EMS Provider

This is a 16 hour program that will assist the EMT in communication skills when providing care to patients who speak Spanish.

Cave Rescue
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of caves, search and rescue techniques, transfer and removal, protection, etc., that rescue personnel would encounter in a cave rescue.
Emergency Vehicle Operator Class
The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is patterned after the State Office of Transportation Safety EVOC guide. The course emphasizes safe driving skills. Additionally, the course gives you (the emergency driver) all the vehicle codes of Virginia which will affect you. This course is designed to help reduce the number of crashes involving emergency vehicles. The course includes classroom and driving range skills.
Upon completion of the VAVRS EVOC course, five points can be added to the driver s record in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This point system for your license is allowed only once every two (2) years.
Note: A current edition of the EVOC textbook is required by each student taking this course - cost of textbook for students is $5.00.  The textbook can be downloaded from the VAVRS Website at no cost.  Students may use to review before and or during the class on their own electronic device, however, please be aware not all training sites have internet access.
Farm Machinery Extrication
This course was developed in cooperation with the VAVRS and the Virginia Tech Agricultural Engineering Department. The course stresses safe and proper techniques of handling agricultural accidents.
The course includes information and training on:
· Machinery upsets
· Victims caught within large machinery
· Grain bin entrapments
· Exposure to toxic gases
· Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
The course does include classroom and practical work.
Infection Disease Control Basic
OSHA has determined that EMS providers face a significant health risk as the result of occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. Exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment. This program covers OSHA guidelines which health care providers must follow to assure a safer work environment. The class covers the basic aspects of infectious disease control from bloodborne to airborne.

This course is a prerequisite for the Designated Infection Control Officer course
Search & Rescue
This course stresses the importance of pre-planning for search and rescue, search management, tactics, incident command and victim evacuation. Additional information will be sent to each registrant upon enrollment acceptance. Students will participate in a field search session. 
Swift Water Rescue
This course is designed to give personnel of agencies, which may be involved in water rescues an understanding of the logistics, strategies, and tactics that may be employed in a rescue situation. Emphasis is placed on safety for the rescuers and hazards encountered by swift water rescuers.
Practical exercises are used to demonstrate various techniques. Successful completion of a swim test is required before the practical evolutions.
Auxiliary Workshops

An exciting two-day class for Auxiliary and Support Group Members. During our time together we will explore a variety of subjects, including Introduction to Grant Writing, Emergency Preparedness, Broadening your Leadership Skills, Parliamentary Law and Round Table discussions. Don’t miss out on this training as you will receive useful information for your organizations.

Basic Trauma Life Support - BTLS
National course
Vehicle Rescue - Awareness
This course developed by the VAVRS, Office of EMS and Dept. of Fire Programs stresses the skills and latest techniques of vehicle extrication. Emphasis is placed on:
· Orderly and efficient approach to the accident situation
· Safety procedures
· Protective equipment
· Use of tools (hand tools, power tools, hydraulic tools, air bags, etc)
This course contains classroom portions and is appropriate for those wishing basic knowledge of the Vehicle Crash Scene and Safety Systems which could present opportunities to rescuers for injury if precautions are not taken.
*Please note: this program is not normally taught separately from the HTR Vehicle Rescue program as it is an integrated part of that program. However, if a request is made this can be a stand alone four (4) hour classroom presentation.*
Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations
This course developed by the VAVRS, Office of EMS and Dept. of Fire Programs stresses the skills and latest techniques of vehicle extrication. Emphasis is placed on:
· Orderly and efficient approach to the accident situation
· Safety procedures
· Protective equipment
· Use of tools (hand tools, power tools, hydraulic tools, air bags, etc)
This course contains both classroom and practical portions.
School Bus Extrication
The School Bus Rescue program was developed by the VAVRS, to give students a well rounded education in the subjects of bus construction, types of buses and stabilization techniques. It will teach students: skills and techniques of bus extrication. Emphasis is placed on:
· Orderly and efficient approach to the accident situation
· Safety procedures
· Protective equipment
· Use of tools utilized in bus environments
· Utilization of resources in the community when School Bus Rescue events occur
· Basic and Advanced Techniques for utilization in Bus Crashes
This course contains both classroom and practical portions.
EMS Leadership Challenge Summit

All organizations need effective leadership to ensure success and the EMS Leadership Challenge is designed to help you develop the skills needed to coordinate the functions of an EMS team. This 4-Phase program focuses on interpersonal, operational, self-management and technical skills enhancement. The EMS Leadership Challenge, developed by the VAVRS, is recognized by VA Office of EMS as the Gold Standard in EMS Leadership training. Candidates utilize core leadership competencies during this exciting and interactive training program. Phase One- Candidates complete an online self-assessment and pre-summit reading assignment; Phase Two- Attend the EMS Leadership Summit, a two-day classroom session working with peer EMS leaders and professional leadership development consultants; Phase Three- Work with a personal mentor to complete self-study assignments; and Phase Four- Complete and present an EMS Leadership Project. This program is recommended for all EMS personnel who have the desire to develop and take their leadership skills to the highest level. VA College credits are available upon completion of the program.

Sexual Harassment and Sensitivity Training
Course for all VAVRS Instructors
Sports Injury/Sports Medicine for EMS Providers

If you do standbys at local athletic events, this program is designed for you! This course will discuss common sports injuries and treatment. Explore this dynamic world with Mr. Mike Goforth, the Sports Medicine specialist at Virginia Tech.

EMT Recertification Hours
Category 1 and 2 hours
Prehospital Trauma Life Support – PHTLS
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) courses are nationally recognized continuing education programs for prehospital emergency health care professionals that bring the care of the trauma patient into a single focus.
PHTLS courses provide a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the need to treat the multisystem trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities.
PHTLS courses are based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), a course for physicians developed by the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma. More importantly, PHTLS courses follow the principles of care of trauma patients as developed by the Committee on Trauma. 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support – ACLS
The AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care, recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest, identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes, recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care, ACLS algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics. ACLS is appropriate for paramedics, pediatricians, house staff, physicians, respiratory therapists.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support – PALS
The goal of the PALS course is to provide the student with: Information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest, information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children and the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest. PALS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as a team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care, recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions, managing cardiac arrest, recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as respiratory distress) and providing initial care, PALS algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics. PALS is appropriate for paramedics, pediatricians, house staff, physicians, respiratory therapists.
Geriatric Education of Emergency Medical Services – GEMS

The GEMS course is designed to address all of the special needs of the older population, including the geriatric objectives within the National Standard Curricula for EMS and for the National Registry Refresher course. The program provides basic knowledge and skills necessary to: describe the four aspects of the GEMS Diamond (geriatric, environmental, medical, social); discuss and describe the physical and social aspects of aging, independence and ageism; principles and strategies for communicating effectively with the elderly; principles for various trauma and medical emergencies; end of life care, hospice and palliative care program; assessment for abuse, documentation and reporting and who is at risk; EMS and community responsibilities for the quality of life in our older population.

EMS and Forensic Evidence

As EMS providers we find ourselves in situations that require observation and that "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DISTURB SIGN." This program will present "food for thought", relating to the potential or actual crime scene. Learn how you can do the best for your patient, their family, the medical examiner and for those investigating these events.

Farm Machinery Extrication Advanced

This program is offered to those who have completed Farm Machinery Extrication-Basic. The course will cover rescues from confined spaces such as silos, grain bins and various holding pits.

EVOC Trailer Operations

This program was developed to assist in education and hands-on training involving the towing of trailers. This topic includes didactical hours. You must hold current EVOC certification to take this course. A copy of your EVOC certification must accompany your application.

Designated Infection Control Officer
The Virginia Office of EMS regulations require that each licenced EMS agency identify an Infection Control Officer. That person must be formally trained for the position and be knowledgeable in the proper post exposure medical procedures and current regulations and laws governing disease transmission. This training program provides that training and includes a review of the major duties of an agenciy's DICO to include the Ryan White CARE Act, OSHA regulations pertaining to EMS and guidelines for compliance. This program has been approved by the VAOEMS as meeting the standard for DICO training.
Special Events and Off-Road Operations (SEOR-Ops)
This course developed by the VAVRS is designed for the Special Events Vehicle and All Terrain Vehicle for EMS and Fire use.
This is an 16 hour course (2 day event) “Best Practices” course that includes both classroom and practical exercises. Topics include: safety, Virginia laws, preparing to ride, basic & advanced skills, and hands-on practical evolutions.
Basic&Light Duty Rescue Awareness&Low Angle Operations
This course is the first step for those wishing to learn rope rescue techniques. This course is designed to teach basic rescue skills and techniques, proper use of ladders, ropes, etc., and the correct way to rescue persons from heights above or below ground.
Vertical Rescue - High Angle Operations Level
This class is the second step after Basic & Light Duty Rescue for those wishing to learn additional rope rescue techniques. This course offers both classroom and practical aspects of vertical rescue techniques. It offers application of rescue techniques from various levels both above and below ground.
Emphasis is placed on:
· Rappelling
· Ascending
· Rappel Rescue
· Lowering Systems
· Hauling Systems
· Stretcher rigging
· All safety procedures
The course is very intense in its classroom and practical training. The practical portion is also very physically demanding.
Advanced Vertical Rescue - Technician Level
This is the third step after Vertical Rescue for those wishing to learn Advanced Vertical Rescue techniques. This course will include hauling and lowering systems, for high angle rescues.
This course is very intense in its classroom and practical training. The practical portion is also very physically demanding.
Tactical Medic Course

The Tactical Medic Course is a "hands-on" program developed by the military for those individuals needing special tactics and training in trauma care when unique environmental conditions prolonged transport times, or other special situations exist. This course will cover CASEVAC, BEDEVAC, equipment selection and team health. There will be both classroom and scenario training including tourniquets, advanced airway techniques, thoracic and abdominal trauma and needle decompression as well as many other useful techniques.

Grant Writing
This class provides an introduction to the grant writing process, offer resources, and allows students to apply basic concepts to proposal writing. This class will go through the 12 steps involved in grant writing including identifying the project, researching funding opportunities, developing a proposal and budget, submitting a letter of intent, accepting the grant, evaluating the project, and submitting the final report.
Public Safety Response to Terrorism Course - VDEM

This course will allow you to identify and implement the appropriate initial response tactics to ensure the safety and security of other

responders and civilians during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) event. Additionally you will be able to identify appropriate initial evidentiary concepts during a CBRNE event. The participant will understand the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management response during a CBRNE event.

Advanced Medical Life Support - AMLS

This AMLS course is designed for all levels of healthcare providers. AMLS is the first course that offers a "think-outside-the-box" method of assessing and managing a patient in medical crisis. It emphasizes using scene size up, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, history, and probabilities in diagnosing a patient's medical problem. AMLS implements an initial assessment-based approach that progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to develop a treatment plan for a specific medical condition. This 16 hour, two-day program consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. The interactive/case based lectures include the following topics: Patient Assessment, Airway Management, , Assessment of the Shock Patient, Dyspnea/ Respiratory Failure, Chest Pain, altered Mental Status, and Abdominal Pain. Teaching stations follow the associated lectures each day.

Advanced Vehicle Rescue

This course will offer classroom and scenario training. This course will deal with: Update on Air bag and stored gas inflator avoidance. Hybrid and electric vehicles and dealing with advanced metals used in new vehicles that hydraulic cutters will not cut. Advanced stabilization, using specialized equipment, dealing with cars under and over other cars, cars over obstructions, cars on embankments, floor removal and tunneling, side removal and dash lifts. This is a hands on course.

Terrorism Response Considerations

This course will

- build on the Public Safety Response to Terrorism Awareness Course

- develop a consistent public safety response to methodology to a

WMD (including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or

explosive hazard)

- Scope is from the initial 911 call through the 3 hour mark of local response

- includes discussion of managing initial local resources and initiation of IAP

Traffic Incident Management NO Regstration Fee for Anyone NON-Members may have to call VAVRS Office

A new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training program developed through the Second Strategic Highway

Research Program (SHRP 2) available for all emergency responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations. This training puts police, firefighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders on the same page, leading to a safer, faster, integrated responder team.

Save Lives: Faster incident response and clearance times result in fewer secondary crashes.

Training results in less exposure of responder team to moving traffic during recovery.

Save Money: Less congestion leads to fewer freight and traveler delays in backups.

Fewer secondary crashes save on insurance claims.

Faster cleanups lead to cost savings for incident personnel.

Save Time: Smarter response techniques cut congestion clearance time- decreasing delays.

2015 2016 Instructor Update EVOC
Instructor Update
Z - 2016 Instructor Update Basic & Light Duty Rescue - Vertical Rescue - Advanced Vert Rescue 8am to 10a
Instructor Update Infectious Disease Control