The Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group is a dynamic group of professionally trained volunteers based out of the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad. In addition to providing support to BVRS, we also have MOU's with the Virginia Search and Rescue Council and VDEM. This allows us to not only respond locally, but throughout the state of Virginia as well.
We encounter a variety of tasks while on mission that can include: searching for missing persons, searching for downed aircraft, performing semi-technical and technical evacuations, search management, and assisting in disaster recovery. The conglomeration of our training includes, but is not limited to: wilderness medicine, survival skills, land navigation, search tactics, search theory, clue awareness, sign cutting, tracking, remote rescue operations, disaster response, and search management.
Beyond missions, SWVaMRG provides a variety of services to the surrounding community, as well as a series of informative sessions to local groups (CAP, CERT, Scouts, etc.). Services rendered include medical standbys for events in wilderness terrain that require specialized training (i.e. mountain bike and cross-country horse races). Informative sessions encompass three major areas: search and rescue awareness, wilderness safety education, and survival training.
On the first Wednesday of each month, SWVaMRG holds a business meeting. We strive to provide the team with in-house trainings twice per month, one of which immediately follows the business meeting on Wednesday. Numerous other training opportunities exist throughout state, including those put on by other teams. Our major means of certification exists with the Commonwealth of Virginia Search and Rescue program, which puts on several Ground Search and Rescue College events a year where we train in various aspects and specialties in the search and rescue field.
If you would like to join us or if you are simply looking to find out more information, please do not hesitate to come to one of our monthly business meetings held at the Blacksburg Community Center at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month.
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