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History of NAVRA

According to the 2009 National Highway Safety Administration Annual Report there were more than 41,000 people killed and another 2,491,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes in the United States.  Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented with better vehicle rescue management training.  Across the country, rescue service budgets are being cut with most of the cuts being in training. Unfortunately, the calls for service are increasing.

Faced with a growing need for service and decreasing training budgets, a group of experienced rescue professionals formed the North American Vehicle Rescue Association, Inc. (NAVRA) to combat the lack of affordable vehicle rescue training nationwide.  Founded in 2008, NAVRA’s mission is to prepare today’s rescuers for tomorrow’s challenges.


NAVRA is a Not-For-Profit 501 (C) (3) charitable organization that has identified two key elements to improve the outcome of vehicle crashes. We focus our training on civilian drivers who stop and render aide, the occupants involved in the motor vehicle crash (MVC), and the rescuers who respond to their call for help.

Part one, will focus on public education & awareness for the general population.  By teaching people how to identify why accidents happen and what they can do to prevent them will help NAVRA accomplish its mission by reducing the number of MVCs in the first place.  However, NAVRA realizes that prevention will only go so far and training for rescuers is imperative to its success.


Part two, as a Non-Profit-Organization NAVRA plans to integrate corporate support into public service by subsidizing training costs with sponsorships and donations.  NAVRA provides first responders with state of the art training in new vehicle rescue theories and by standardizing the existing training techniques.  Vehicle manufacturers improve on design, construction, and safety components every day. Our mission is to bring this information to the first responder to increase proficiency and ultimately save lives.

NAVRA realizes it is not alone in its commitment to saving lives which is why NAVRA is an organizational member of, and networks with, the World Rescue Organization (WRO).  The WRO is an international organization whose goal is to improve new vehicle hazard awareness to reduce secondary injuries to patients and rescuers.


NAVRA’s course work is based on the guidelines set forth by NFPA 1670.  All of NAVRA’s instructors meet or exceed the standards set forth by the State of Florida for Fire Service Instructors.  Also, all lead instructors have extensive experience in the educational, technical and operational aspects unique to motor vehicle rescue training.


NAVRA teaches rescuers how to mitigate vehicle rescue incidents by using the Vehicle Rescue Management (VRM) system.  VRM is a systematic operational theory that breaks the MVC into three inter-connected and equally important components: Command/Safety, Technical and Medical.  By breaking the incident down into the three task-oriented components and using uniform terminology the rescue team’s overall proficiency and safety will improve.