About Us

We are Washington county life saving crew

    The Washington County Life Saving Crew provides Emergency Medical Services in Washington County, Virginia. We provide 24-hour protection from one community-based station located in Abingdon, Virginia.  Our fleet consists of five Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support ambulances, two Crash Rescue trucks, two Rescue Boats, and a Quick Response unit. Since our inception in May 1952, we have expanded to keep pace with the growth of our community.

    Serving Washington County's residents, we cover nearly 80 square miles of territory ranging from rural to heavily industrialized areas, as well as mountainous terrain. The 60,000 residents and 80,000 visitors and merchants in Washington County, Virginia, utilize our services more than 3,000 times annually. With the support of roughly 40 active medical providers, Washington County Life Saving Crew sets the benchmark in the region for Emergency Medical Services.

Call Statistics

Our call volume has been steadily increasing with every given year. We estimate based on our average yearly increase that WCLSC will be answering roughly 5,000 calls for service in 2030.

Increasing call volume means more medical providers, more equipment, and a greater demand for our current resources and EMS system. Donations help to bring on new members, fund training, restock our ambulances, and so much more. Washington County Life Saving Crew is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, all donations are deemed tax-deductible. 

Join us. We need you.

Help us help others. And see what a difference it makes in your own life. Start the process by filling out the online application.

Award Winning Service

  The Washington County Life Saving Crew travels to the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) convention each year, to participate in state competitions for ALS, BLS and extrication services. The Crew competes against numerous other rescue squads and has taken home trophies in one or more categories, each year, for over 15 years.  The crew prides itself in the quality of care it provides and constantly strives to improve in every area of emergency medical services. The Crew looks forward to another successful year at the 84th annual convention in September.

Technical Rescue

 The Washington County Life Saving Crew has three specialty rescue teams to sufficiently serve the citizens of our county. Those teams are Vehicle, Water, and Vertical Rescue. These teams ensure we can access our patients to treat any injuries promptly. Many of these members offer their time to train and participate in rescue call-outs throughout the year.

Serving you since 1952

Washington County Life Saving Crew has been responding to emergencies for over 50 years.


Responses by Washington County Life Saving Crew were made in 2020.


Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics serving the community and surrounding areas.


Residents of Washington County can count on high-quality pre-hospital emergency medical care.

Year In Review Videos

See what we have been up to throughout the years.