A Brief History     
  • 1968: The Avery County Volunteer Rescue Squad was formed. The first EMS charter in Avery County was founded.
  • 1971: The first Emergency Medical Technician Class was offered in Avery County. The first E.M.T.'s were certified.
  • 1974: The first Hurst "Jaws of Life" were purchased in Avery County.
  • 1975: The Linville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad was formed.
  • 1978: The Avery Central Volunteer Rescue Squad was formed in Newland.
  • 1982: The Avery County Ambulance and Rescue Association was formed from the three volunteer rescue squads in the county.
  • 1984: New techniques were introduced in Avery County to help improve medical care to patients in the field. Among these were the use of IV's and Heart Defibrillators.
  • 1987: Classes and Instructors advanced to Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.) Level.
  • 1989: The Linville-Central Volunteer Rescue Sqad was recognized for the Rescue of the Year Award for the State of North Carolina. A Hang-glider was rescued on Grandfather Mountain.
  • 1993: The North Carolina Rescue Squads were required to upgrade to North Carolina
    Emergency Rescue Technicians Certification. The first Rescue Techs in Avery County were certified.
  • 1994: The first 24-hour paid E.M.S. system was founded in Avery County.
  • 1995: Received the David Blake Rescue Award for a rescue at Wiseman View.
  • 1999: Avery Central and Linville merged to form the Linville-Central Rescue Squad


SEARCH TRAINING! All members are invited to attend search training in the Harper's Creek trail area on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Call 1724 or 1753 or use the Contact Us link above.

See the Calendar or log in to the Member's Area for more information  

Reminder for Squad Medical Personnel: BLS and ALS Inservice training with Avery EMS on the third Monday and the following Thursday of each month. See calendar or call Mayland Community College for details.     



Linville Central Rescue Squad, Inc.
1940 Linville Falls Hwy., Linville, NC
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 716, Newland, NC 28657
Office Telephone: 828.733.2346
Fax: 828.733.6736