The Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad has been serving our community since 1950 as an all volunteer rescue squad. Our membership currently consists of over 50 active members and we are always looking for new faces! If you enjoy serving your community and helping those in need, while having fun in good company, please consider a volunteer position within Ashland Rescue.


We first ask that you observe at least three shifts to determine if this is a good position for you. By observing, we mean riding on an ambulance with one of our crews during their assigned shift. We have various shifts to accommodate your schedule. Please contact the Recruitment Coordinator to schedule an observation shift.

After running three observational shifts, follow the link below to the Hanover County Careers application page. Create an account and apply to the position of "VOLUNTEER FIRE-EMS". The application will then be checked for criminal background, as well as a DMV check. During this time, you may be contacted by Hanover Fire/EMS to schedule a physical, which is required by ALL volunteers.

After receiving approval for membership by Hanover, the Recruitment Coordinator will then contact the applicant and schedule an interview with the Membership Committee. When the applicant passes the interview, the application will be reviewed by the Officer Council. The applicant will then be contacted by the Captain and will be placed on Probation for six (6) months. The Captain will also determine the best crew for the new member in consideration with the members schedule.


  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old

  • Valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver’s License

  • Criminal Records Check

  • Pre-employment Physical Examination/Drug Test/Alcohol Screening/Agility test, and repeated in accordance to policy thereafter

  • Three-month probationary period

  • Rotating schedule, including weekends, holidays, and work beyond normal work schedule

  • Must wear uniform, including safety equipment

  • May not be an employee of Hanover County Fire/EMS and volunteer for a rescue squad or fire department in Hanover County


Duties of an AVRS Member

  • All members of Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad are required to run his/her duty.

  • Full Members - Run 48 hours a month and (1) 24 hour duty.

  • Affiliate Members - Run 24 hours a month.

  • Members are required to attend the General Membership Meeting every other month starting in January. The meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 19:30hrs.

  • Members are expected to attend training classes that are offered throughout the year. For more specific classes please consult the Training Officer.

  • All members are required to act in a responsible manner when On-duty and when Off-duty.

Benefits of AVRS Members

  • Reimbursement for training classes relevant to rescue squad duties. (CPR, EMT-Basic, EVOC (driving) class, etc.)

  • 50% personal property taxes, if a resident of Hanover County or the Town of Ashland, and the vehicles are registered in the volunteers name.

  • Gain valuable information and skills that could led to job opportunities. A majority of paid Firefighters/EMT's are volunteers as well.

  • Use of Randolph-Macon Gym Facilities.

  • Experience of a life-time and a chance to meet new friends.