ANNUAL VAVRS CONVENTION


The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) is an organization made up of over 325 member squads across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each year, the VAVRS hold their annual convention during the last week of September in either Virginia Beach or Roanoke. During the convention, competitions are held between the various member squads. These competitions consist of the following categories:

RESCUE CONTEST - each squad is allowed to send a six-person team which has 60 minutes to finish a rescue problem using skills taught in the basic & light duty rescue course, cave rescue course, or the basic rope rescue course.

EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATORS COURSE (EVOC) - each squad is allowed to send one person to compete in this category. The competition consists of a written exam and practical driving evolutions using an ambulance. You are not considered competitive unless you receive a 100% on the written and fail to knock over any cones in the driving practical.

MODULAR AMBULANCE - each squad is allowed to send one three-person team which has 45 minutes to finish a rescue problem that involves a motor vehicle accident scenario. The ambulance they use must be factory built, with a body capable of being transferred from chassis to chassis. The contest involves both an inspection of the apparatus and a practical problem.

VAN CARRY-ALL AMBULANCE - each squad is allowed to send one three-person team which has 45 minutes to finish a rescue problem that involves a motor vehicle accident scenario. The ambulance used must have a body that is not capable of being transferred from chassis to chassis. The contest involves both an inspection of the apparatus and a practical problem.

LIGHT DUTY RESCUE - each squad is allowed to send one four-person team which has 45 minutes to finish a rescue problem that involves a motor vehicle accident scenario. The light-duty rescue truck the team uses cannot weigh more than 14,500 pounds maximum. The contest involves both an inspection of the apparatus and a practical problem.

MEDIUM DUTY RESCUE - each squad is allowed to send one four-person team which has 45 minutes to finish a rescue problem that involves a motor vehicle accident scenario. The medium-duty rescue truck the team uses must weigh over 14,501 pounds and cannot weigh more than 19,500 pounds maximum. The contest involves both an inspection of the apparatus and a practical problem.

HEAVY DUTY RESCUE - each squad is allowed to send one four-person team which has 45 minutes to finish a rescue problem that involves a motor vehicle accident scenario. The heavy-duty rescue truck the team uses must weigh more than 19,500 pounds. The contest involves both an inspection of the apparatus and a practical problem.

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT CONTEST - each squad is allowed to send one four- person team to compete. The problem is centered around an advanced life support scenario which usually involves using such skills as IV insertion, ECG interpretation, CPR, drug therapy, advanced airway manipulation, etc. This competition is based on ACLS algorithms and is 25 minutes in length. The winner of this category is sent by VAVRS to the annual International Rescue & Emergency Care Association's convention to compete on an international level.

RESCUE DIVER CONTEST - The Rescue Diver contest is designed to allow Rescue Dive Teams an opportunity to compete against other teams in scuba related conditions and situations in the interest of competitiveness and education. Each team can be made up of a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 7 members. (This range of team members was selected to allow all teams to compete without discrimination against new or small teams.) The contest may be judged in any area including, but not limite d to:

The contest will consist of a practical problem as well as a written problem.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT CONTEST - each squad is allowed to send one four-person team to compete. The problem is centered around basic life support skills only, no ALS procedures are allowed. The competition is 15 minutes in length and is based on the Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured textbook, Fifth Edition, by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons The winner of this category is sent by VAVRS to the annual International Rescue & Emergency Care Association's convention to compete on an international level.

In addition to the above individual and team competitions, Special Awards are given in the following areas:

PROMOTION OF SAFETY - The Squad which, during the year, has contributed the most to the promotion of safety within their respective area by means of printed and/or electronic media and/or civic organizations.

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT CALL OF THE YEAR - Given for the outstanding ALS call where BLS skills with the addition of ALS treatment saved a life.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT CALL OF THE YEAR - Given for the outstanding BLS call where BLS treatment alone saved a life.

RESCUE CALL OF THE YEAR - Given for the outstanding rescue call of the year where life due to structure, vehicle or water entrapment is saved.

HARLEN SENGER - To be awarded for the most heroic deed, above and beyond the call of duty, performed by an individual in the saving of a human life.

RESCUE SQUAD OF THE YEAR - This award is presented to the VAVRS member squad that best shows the mission and purpose of the VAVRS. This is demonstrated during the year by outstanding participation in the VAVRS, service to their community, and high levels of training and patient care.

The 75th Annual VAVRS Convention will be held in Virginia Beach, VA
September 24 - 26, 2009.


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For more information email the VAVRS at:

vavrs@vavrs.com