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Just like the community we serve, the membership of BVRS is very diverse. Since all of our providers are volunteers, each of them have “real lives” outside of the station. Our members include current and past Virginia Tech faculty and staff, Virginia Tech students and alumni, VCOM students, stay-at-home moms, emergency room nurses, engineers, EMS providers employed by local transport and EMS companies, and various other professions throughout the New River Valley.
Our agency runs smoothly because of the dedication of our leadership. Our Chief, Captain, two First Lieutenants, and six Second Lieutenants work tirelessly to make sure that our regular members have the tools that they need to effectively serve the community. Like the regular members, the officers are all volunteers who receive no monetary compensation for their dedicated service.
As a volunteer organization, BVRS is always looking for those who would love to serve their community. If you are interested in becoming involved with the crew, a ride along is highly recommended. During a ride along you will get a glimpse of what life is like as a rescue member. EMT certification and CPR will be required for membership, but are not required for application to the crew. However, those who are already certified EMS and CPR providers are placed at the top of the applicant pile.
Blacksburg Rescue has a long history of preparing high school students for the future. Our Jr. Crew is a wonderful opportunity for high school students aged 16-18. These students assist in the daily operations of the Sr. Crew. They are allowed to participate in every aspect of BVRS. While Jr. members are expected to become state certified EMT-Basics, they are not allowed to be in charge of a 911 call until they turn 18. Therefore they always have adult supervision when they are in the station. Many of our former Jr. Crew members have gone on to successful careers within the medical field.
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