What We do

The Water Rescue Team responds to any water-related situation, both above and under the water's surface.  Our swift water rescue technicians are able to rescue victims trapped by flood waters, boating accidents, or have gotten lost on the water.  We also have divers trained for rescue and recovery operations.  Our Water Rescue Team operates as a part of the New River Valley Water Rescue and Recovery Association and routinely responds to incidents within Blacksburg and the surrounding areas.


Swiftwater Rescue Technicians renew their training every other year through certification courses held either at the New River or at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  Once a member has this initial certification, they are eligible for specialty training in advanced, night, ice, and boat operations.

Dive Technicians undergo advanced training beyond standard recreational certification before being considered eligible to dive in rescue and recovery situations.  Rescue diving is a completely different mindset than standard scuba diving, and requires additional consideration to safety, communication, dive tactics, and operations. 

How to get involved

Send an application to You can also come by our station M-F 9am-5pm to get a form or deliver in-person.If you are not interested in providing Emergency Medical Care as an EMT, we have a special membership category for Technical Rescue. For more information, please contact our Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Tom Lovejoy at

Learn More About our Squad

Our squad proudly serves the Town of Blacksburg and parts of Montgomery County with free emergency medical care 24/7. We house over 90 members who volunteer their time to make this possible. 

We have a number of membership categories for those looking to serve and many options for how everyone can participate and support our operations.