Western Albemarle Rescue Squad (WARS) is an “ALL volunteer ALL the time,” community focused agency providing basic and advanced life support since 1978. WARS was established by a group of Western Albemarle residents who identified the need to have an agency in Crozet to provide a more timely EMS response. Our coverage area, is a designated “development area,” inclusive of the greater Crozet area and extending to the northwestern and southwestern corners of the County. WARS is responsible for 229 square miles of response area, with 91 square miles being a part of Shenandoah National Park. WARS volunteers run approximately 1,500+ calls per year and ensure staffing every day, all day and night. In addition, we provide heavy rescue services and an active water rescue team that supports the Albemarle County Fire Rescue system.
We are a family-oriented organization with membership and community support opportunities available to individuals 16 years and older. WARS, in and of itself, is a family, welcoming individuals that want to give back to their community by providing professional and cutting edge care supported by a strong foundation of education. Currently our response standards meet or exceed the 90th percentile.
Our duty crews consist of day shift (0700 – 1800) and night shift (1800 – 0700), Monday – Friday and Sundays (0900 – 1800 & 1800 – 0700). Our week night and Sunday crews also have a 24 hour shift commitment every 7th Saturday (0900 – 0900). We also participate in various standby events within the community to include Western Albemarle High School football games, Women’s Four Miler, health fairs, and UVA football games.