The purpose of the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad (PVRS) strategic plan is to provide a clear and comprehensive framework outlining organizational goals, objectives, and strategies to effectively fulfill its mission of providing emergency medical services to the communities of Loudoun County, Virginia. This plan serves as a roadmap for PVRS, guiding its decision-making, resource allocation, and service delivery efforts.
The key objectives of this plan are as follows:
  • Goal Setting: The plan establishes clear and measurable goals for PVRS. These goals reflect  the PVRS vision, mission, and values and provide a sense of direction and purpose for all members and stakeholders. 
  • Resource Allocation: The plan helps PVRS allocate its resources effectively and efficiently. It identifies the organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) and guides the allocation of financial and human resources to address identified needs and priorities. 
  • Service Enhancement: The plan enables PVRS to identify areas for improvement in its service delivery. It helps assess the current capabilities, identify gaps or deficiencies, and develop strategies to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of emergency medical services provided to the community.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: The plan facilitates engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders, including the PVRS Board of Directors, community members, local government agencies, healthcare providers, and other LC-CFRS agencies. It provides a platform for dialogue, feedback, and involvement in shaping PVRS’ priorities and initiatives. 
  • Performance Measurement: The plan establishes performance indicators and metrics to measure PVRS’ progress towards its goals. It enables PVRS  to track and evaluate its performance, identify areas of success, and address any challenges or barriers that may arise. Regular monitoring and evaluation of performance help PVRS make data-driven decisions and continuously improve its services.
  • Long-Term Sustainability: The plan ensures the long-term sustainability of PVRS. It helps anticipate and adapt to changes in staffing requirements, the emergency medical services landscape, and community needs. By setting goals and strategies, the plan enables PVRS to proactively respond to emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities, ensuring the continued ability to provide high-quality, pre-hospital emergency medical services.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to be recognized as the premier, volunteer-based provider of emergency medical services in the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS). We strive to continuously improve our capabilities, enhance our training programs, and foster strong partnerships with other emergency response agencies and community organizations.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide high-quality emergency medical services for the citizens of Loudoun County, Virginia. We are committed to ongoing recruiting, quality training and retaining members to meet this mission.

Core Values:

  • Commitment: We are committed to staff and operate as an all-volunteer, 24x7/365 rescue station serving the citizens of Loudoun County, Virginia.
  • Excellence: We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and service to our community.
  • Compassion: We treat all individuals with empathy, respect, and dignity.
  • Teamwork: We foster a collaborative and supportive environment that values the contributions of every member.
  • Professionalism: We adhere to the highest standards of conduct, ethics, and accountability.
  • Innovation: We embrace new technologies, techniques, and best practices to enhance our effectiveness.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Enhance Training and Education:
    • Develop a comprehensive training program that includes regular skills assessments and continuing education opportunities for all members.
    • Establish partnerships with other LC-CFRS agencies to provide specialized training and certification programs.
    • Implement a mentorship program to support the professional development of new members.
  • Strengthen Recruitment and Retention:
    • Develop a targeted recruitment strategy to attract individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and skill sets.
    • Enhance the volunteer experience by providing opportunities for personal growth, recognition, and meaningful involvement in decision-making processes.
    • Implement a comprehensive retention program that includes regular feedback, recognition, and incentives for long-term commitment.
  • Improve Operational Efficiency:
    • Conduct a thorough review of operational processes and identify areas for improvement.
    • Establish a system and process for regular equipment maintenance and replacement to ensure readiness and reliability.
  • Strengthen Community Engagement:
    • Develop and implement community outreach programs to educate the public on emergency preparedness, CPR training, and other health and safety topics.
    • Foster partnerships with local schools, businesses, and community organizations to promote health and safety initiatives.
    • Participate in community events and initiatives to raise awareness about the services provided by PVRS.
  • Enhance Financial Sustainability:
    • Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes diversified revenue streams, such as grants, local business sponsorships, and community events.


SWOT Analysis

  • Dedicated Volunteers: PVRS is committed to being an all-volunteer, 24x7/365 rescue station within the LC-CFRS. PVRS benefits from a committed group of operational and administrative volunteer members who selflessly contribute their time and expertise to serve the community.
  • Community Support: Purcellville and the surrounding community have shown strong support for PVRS providing financial assistance, donations, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Established Reputation: PVRS has built a solid reputation for providing high-quality emergency medical services and has gained the trust of the community.
  • Training and Expertise: The volunteers receive regular training and possess the necessary skills and knowledge to handle various emergency situations effectively.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: PVRS has established partnerships with other LC-CFRS agencies enabling coordination and resource sharing.
  • Volunteer Retention: Retaining volunteers over the long term may be a challenge due to time commitment, demanding nature of the work and potential burnout.
  • Community Outreach and Education: PVRS can seize opportunities to engage in community outreach programs, public education initiatives, and partnerships with schools and community organizations to recruit new members, raise awareness about emergency medical services, and promote safety.
  • Expand Mission as a ‘Teaching Station’: PVRS has a strong reputation within LC-CFRS with a station culture embracing ongoing education and improvement. This translates into a unique opportunity for PVRS to elevate training capabilities, programs and reputation as a ‘teaching station’.
  • Viability and Control: If PVRS demonstrates an increasing inability to provide 24x7/365 volunteer staffing, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue could decide to staff the PVRS station 100% of the time with career personnel. Thus, eliminating the need for volunteer staffing as an EMS agency.
  • Certification Escalation: Increasing requirements in EMS certifications could pose challenges and necessitate adjustments in staffing and operations. 

Ongoing Actions and Evaluation:

  • PVRS will conduct annual evaluations to measure the effectiveness of this plan and make necessary adjustments.
  • PVRS will conduct annual membership satisfaction surveys to identify and take action to address member needs, development and retention priorities.
  • PVRS will communicate this plan to all members, stakeholders, and the community (via the PVRS website) to ensure transparency and accountability.

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