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Our Mailing Address:

Cave Spring First Aid & Rescue Squad
P. O. Box 20181
Roanoke, VA. 24018-0019

Thank you for your support!


Welcome to the Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad in Roanoke, Virginia.

Our all-volunteer agency responds to nearly 1,500 calls per year. If you have a desire to give something back to your community and think this might be for you, give us a call at 540-772-2943 or visit our Members Wanted page.



Cave Spring Rescue Squad Puts New Ambulance Into Service

Cave Spring Rescue Squad is now providing emergency medical services to Roanoke County citizens with a brand new ambulance. The new ambulance's identification number is 32.

The ambulance cost more than $195,000. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services provided a grant from the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund that contributed $84,950 towards the cost of the ambulance. The Cave Spring Rescue Squad Auxiliary also contributed financially to the cost and provided some new equipment to be used on the vehicle. The rest of the ambulance's cost was raised primarily by donations from community members over the past several years.

The cost of the ambulance itself does not include the cost of installed equipment and available supplies stored on the vehicle. The equipment and supplies are valued at around $75,000.

The ambulance is fitted with a new safety device, the Howler. The Howler is a low frequency tone siren. When the Howler is activated, vehicles in front of the ambulance will hear and feel the siren, allowing the ambulance to respond more safely and quickly to calls for medical assistance.

Cave Spring Rescue Squad started the process for obtaining a new ambulance in September 2013. The new ambulance was delivered in January 2015. Medical equipment and supplies were installed on the ambulance and it was placed into service on February 24.

The chassis is a 2015 Ford F-450. The body was manufactured by Excellance in Madison, Ala.


Six Winter Weather Life Hacks

  1. Spray nonstick cooking spray on your snow shovel to help keep the snow from sticking to the shovel.
  2. Shovel the street to the left of your driveway to make a smaller line of snow blocking your driveway when your street gets plowed.
  3. Shovel your sidewalk/driveway as soon as you can after the snow has stopped. It's lighter than waiting until the snow has melted and refroze.
  4. Fill your car's gas tank before the storm. The extra weight helps get you traction when driving in ice and snow.
  5. Put a bag of kitty litter in your trunk. Again, the extra weight is useful, plus you can use the litter to help get you out of an icy spot when your wheels are spinning.
  6. Pull into your driveway or a parking space backwards. If you need to get jump-started (or towed!) it's better for the tow truck to have access to the front of your car.

Emergency Medical Technician Course

Hosted at: Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad 3206 Valley Forge Ave, Roanoke, VA 24018

Registration meeting: January 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Course start date: January 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

State test date: May 16, 2015 (anticipated)

Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm with occasional Saturdays

Text: Prehospital Emergency Care 10th Edition by Mistovich, Karren and Hafen

Fees: $200 for course (includes text book, on-line content, supplies) due on first day with additional $50 state test fee due by April 21, 2015


  • At least 16 years of age as of January 19, 2015
  • Hold current CPR card in approved course

For more information:
Call: (540) 772-2943


Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Recognizes First Responders


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