The Pennsylvania Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) Program was
prepared by the Rescue Task Force of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health
Services Council (PEHSC) under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of
Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Bureau of EMS).
The first phase of the program is the implementation of the vehicle rescue
Section. The purpose of this program is to recognize those emergency services
that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations on the highways of
Pennsylvania. The second phase of the VRSR is the Swiftwater/Flood
Management component. This component is designed to establish standards for
water rescue and flood evacuation services.
It is the intent of this program to recognized emergency service organizations in
any one or more combinations of any or all disciplines included in the program.
This document not only considers the equipment and rescue hardware
requirements of specialty rescue, but includes minimum manpower, training and