Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, company 849, is a private, nonprofit corporation that has been providing medical, rescue and fire services to the citizens of the Greater Laurel area for over 65 years.
Since our founding in 1952, we have served not only the City of Laurel, but parts of four counties in central Maryland as well. We have seen our service area transform from the rural/suburban setting of small town America to an urban/suburban area with the feel of a big city. The demand for our services continuously increases, sometimes posting an increase in volume as much as 20% from one year to the next.
Equipped with a state of the art Heavy Rescue, a Rescue Engine, an Engine, a complete Water Rescue Team consisting of a Dive Unit and two Rescue Boats, two BLS Ambulances, numerous support vehicles, and staffed with a dedicated group of almost 200 volunteers, LVRS responds to over 7,000 calls for help annually.
The Vision of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad is to continue to enhance our delivery systems by continuously conducting recruitment and retention, training, education, public outreach, and planning to improve our highly skilled providers, apparatus, and building to meet the needs of our community.
We’ve chronicled the first 50 years of the LVRS in a book titled “Fifty Years of People Helping People.” Give it a read and see where we came from and where we’re going.