Our squad proudly serves the Town of Blacksburg and parts of Montgomery County with emergency medical and rescue services.  We provide these services  24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We house over 90 members who volunteer their time to make this possible.  Our members come from a variety of different backgrounds outside of the squad which help make our membership as diverse as Blacksburg itself.  We have high school and college students, teachers, engineers, real estate agents, full-time parents, career paramedics, and even a few nurses and doctors!  Our membership categories vary as much as our backgrounds to accommodate the schedules and time commitments of our diverse membership. 

Our membership categories include Full Member, Associate Member, Student Member, Junior Member, and Technical Rescue Member.


Full Membership

Full membership is our most active membership category. Members in this category run all year long, can hold leadership positions, and vote on squad business during our monthly business meetings. 

Requirements:

  • 40 hours of service per month
  • Attend monthly business meetings
  • Attend monthly training meetings

Who it works for:

  • Community members
  • Virginia Tech, Radford, and NRCC students who stay in-town year round

Associate Membership

Associate membership is a membership category created to accommodate members who want to provide a year-round commitment to the squad but cannot dedicate 40 hours/month. In addition to hourly service, they often have active roles on operational and administrative committees.

Requirements:

  • 24 hours of service per month
  • Attend monthly business meetings
  • Attend monthly training meetings

Who it works for:

  • Community members who cannot meet the time requirements of Full Membership

Student Membership

With Virginia Tech University, Radford University, and New River Community College in the area, we have a relatively large proportion of college students that would like to dedicate their service. Members in the student membership category have the same responsibilities as our full membership but are relieved of duty during their university breaks.  

Requirements:

  • 40 hours of service per month excluding university breaks
  • Attend monthly business meetings
  • Attend monthly training meetings

Who it works for:

  • Virginia Tech, Radford University, and NRCC students

Junior MEMBERSHIP

The junior membership category is designed for high school students between the age of 16 and 19. Members in this category have their own set of meetings, requirements, and regulations to better fit the lives of high school students.

Requirements:

  • Be a good student! School comes first, and a minimum required GPA must be maintained and agreed to by parents
  • Leave the station by 10pm on school nights, or by midnight on other nights
  • Attend monthly business meetings
  • Attend monthly training meetings

Who it works for:

  • High school junior and seniors (16 years and over)

Technical Rescue MEMBERSHIP

Technical rescue members have training or experience in a a technical rescue discipline such as extrication, cave rescue, search and rescue, water rescue, rescue task force, or another specialty. These members serve on the specialty rescue teams but do not have a commitment to providing emergency medical care outside of their specialty team. 

Requirements:

  • Must be actively involved in at least one technical rescue discipline within BVRS

Who it works for:

  • Anyone who has training or expertise in a technical rescue discipline but who does not have training or a desire to run emergency medical calls.