VAVRS 2023 Rescue College Information


Hello to all the members of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS), as well as all of you interested in participating in the 48th Annual Rescue College. The dates for Rescue College are from June 9 - June 18, 2023. It is being held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. This training event encompasses a wide variety of courses built to improve on first responder education, hands on experience, and overall preparedness of those dedicated individuals serving the public, and safe-guarding their communities. Our instructors and cadre bring years of real world experience to everything they teach. This event has grown every year and we are excited to old and new faces participating!


Click Here to Download the 48th Annual Rescue College Brochure - This PDF will tell you what you need to know about Rescue College 2023. Please look through it for a break down of available classes, dates and times of training, lodging options, how to register, and the ways to ensure you are able to participate in as many classes as you want.

This year's Rescue College is set to be larger than recent years with many new courses added to the curriculum. Please address any questions you may have to Bubby Bish (VAVRS Executive Director) or Brian Bilheimer (Training Coordinator) at (804) 749-8191. You can email Bubby Bish at, and Brian Bilheimer at We look forward to seeing you in training!


Click Here to Register for the 48th Annual Rescue College  - Pasting this link into the browser will take you to the EZ Signup site.  Here you will be able to create an account and follow the prompts.  A person can register themselves or another, but you will be prompted to pay for whomever you are registering.  The price pays states the costs and gives a you the option to register.  Once the account is complete you will be able to register for classes in the Rescue College library.  Thanks.  


Click Here to Download VAJVRS Rescue College 2023 Scholarships Application


****Important Dates to Remember****

Instructor Pretest Deadline  -  May 5, 2024 (if required)

Registration Deadline  -  May 12, 2023

Cancellation Deadline  -  May 26, 2023