VRSR (Team Typing)

The Pennsylvania Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) Program was prepared by stakeholders including The Office of the State Fire Commissioner, The Bureau of EMS from The Pennsylvania Department of Health, The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Rescue Task Force of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC), and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
It is the intent of this portion of the program to recognize emergency service organizations in swiftwater rescue. This document not only takes into account the equipment and rescue hardware requirements of swiftwater rescue, but includes minimum manpower, training and education requirements.
The Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) program is intended to provide guidance and to develop recommendations for Pennsylvania swiftwater/flood evacuation including, but not limited to:
    • Organizational development.
    • Resource Identification and Categorization.
    • Training and Equipment.
    • Develop recommendations for staffing, training and equipment based on applicable standards.

This guidance is supported by NPFA standards 1006 and 1670.

When applying you will need to:

  1. Complete the VRSR Application
  2. Read and submit all required documents as noted in the General Administrative Guidelines as this document applies to all levels offered
  3. Read and submit all required documents as noted in the Guidelines for the specific discipline applying for.


VRSR Water Rescue Teams in Pennsylvania

Alexandria Volunteer Fire Company
Swiftwater Type 4A Team
302 Hartslog Street Alexandria PA 16611
Allegheny County
Swiftwater Type 1A Team
400 North Lexington Ave Pittsburgh PA 15208
Beaver Falls
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
715 15th Street Beaver Falls PA 15010
Blawnox-Glenover VFD
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
376 Freeport Road Pittsburgh PA 15238
Butler County
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
120 McCune Drive Butler PA 16001
Citizens Hose Company VFD
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
525 Allegheny Ave Glassport PA 15045
Collinsburg Volunteer Fire Co.
Swiftwater Type 2A Rescue Team 103
514 Hickory Drive West Newton PA 15089
Crawford County Firefighters
Scuba & Swiftwater Type 3A Team
903 Diamond Park Meadville PA 16335
East Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
Swiftwater Type 4A Team
6076 Pine Street East Petersburg PA 17520
Elizabeth Vol Fire Company
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
107 Market Street Elizabeth PA 15037
Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company Swiftwater Type 4A Team 135 S State Street Ephrata PA 17522
Etna Volunteer Fire Department
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
437 Butler Street Pittsburgh PA 15223
Eureka Fire-Rescue-EMS
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
304 Third Ave Tarentum PA 15084
Fame Fire Company No. 3
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
200 East Rosedale Ave West Chester PA  19382
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company
Swiftwater Level 3A Team
2440 Fairyland Road Lehighton PA 18235
Germania Hose Company
Scuba & Swiftwater Type 3A Team
430 Foote Ave  Duryea PA  18642
Gladwyne Fire Company
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
1044 Black Rock Road Gladwyne PA 19035
Goodwill Fire Company #1 of Jacobus
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
1 South Main St Jacobus PA 17407
Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Service
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
1821 Paxton Street Harrisburg PA 17110
Hooversville Volunteer Fire Department
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
80 Main St Hooversville PA 15936
Lake City Fire Company
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
2232 Rice Avenue Lake City PA 16423
Lake Clarke Rescue
Swiftwater Type 4A Team
1838 Long Level Road Wrightsville PA 17368
Lake Shore Fire Department Inc.
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
5310 West Lake Road Erie PA 16505
Lehigh Township Fire Company #1
Swiftwater Type 4A Team
4188 Lehigh Drive Cherryville PA 18035
Lower Kiski Ambulance Service
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
80 Kiski Avenue Leechburg PA 15656
Neshannock VFC
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
3135 Mercer Road New Castle PA 16105
PA Fish & Boat Commission LE
Swiftwater Emergency Response Team
1601 Elmerton Ave Harrisburg PA 17110
Portage Volunteer Fire Dept
Swiftwater/Dive Type 3A Team
721 Main Street Portage PA 15946
Rescue Fire Company
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
1900 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17110
Robinson Twp. Vol. Fire Co. and Relief Assoc.
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
4592 Hayes Avenue Coraopolis PA 15108
Somerset County Swiftwater Flood Response
Swiftwater Type 2A Team
113 Runway Rd Friedens PA 15541
Swiftwater Type 3A Team
366 Helen Street McKees Rocks PA 15136
Susquehanna Fire Department
Swiftwater Type 4A Team
43 Erie Blvd Susquehanna PA 18847
Zelienople Fire Dept. Swiftwater Flood Response
Swiftwater Type Flood Evac
615 West Beaver Street Zelienople PA 16063