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Henry County Department of Public Safety offers Firefighter 1, Hazmat Operations, and Firefighter 2 as well as three National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) courses annually.  Continuing education courses, CPR, First Aid, and Specialty courses for Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management are offered on an on-going basis.  2018-2019 classes are listed below and updated as new classes are added:

Initial Fire Classes:

Firefighter 1:  July 30-Dec. 1, 2018

Hazmat Operations:  Dec. 3, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019

Firefighter 2:  February 4, 2018


Road Ready NREMT: September 11, 2018- March 7, 2019  This class includes additional certifications meant to graduate NREMTs who are able to volunteer or gain employment straight out of class.

Online  NREMT:  March 1-May 17, 2019  All course work for this class will be completed online.  In person hands-on classes will also be required.

Summer Accelerated NREMT:  June 4-August 29, 2019   This class is a combination of online and twice a week (Tues/Thur evenings) in person classes.

Continuing Education Hours:

CE Mondays:  The second Monday of every month ALS and BLS continuing education classes are held at the Emergency Services Training Center. (HCDPS, 1024 Dupont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112)

BLS CE:  CEs for BLS providers are also available every Tuesday and Thursday in the NREMT classes.

ALS CE:  Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) full two-day and recert one-day classes are offered monthly except in July.  Advanced registration is required as seating is limited.  Providers must hold a current card to attend the one-day recertification classes. Contact Suzie Helbert at shelbert@co.henry.va.us to register.

EVOC:  Henry County Department of Public Safety offers both the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (DFP) Emergency Vehicle Operators Courses (EVOC) classes 1,2, and 3 multiple times each year. 

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES:  HCDPS offers a wide variety of additional classes each year to include Fire and EMS specialty classes and Emergency Management classes.  For the most recent updates of classes offered at HCDPS follow Henry County Department of Public Safety on Twitter and Facebook.  All classes are held at HCDPS, 1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112 unless otherwise noted. 

HCDPS Training Division contact information:

Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination:  Suzie Helbert, 276-634-4662 or shelbert@co.henry.va.us 

Assistant Chief of Training (Fire):  Kenith Shumate, 276-634-4658 or kshumate@henrycountyva.gov 

Assistant Chief of Training (EMS):  Adam Martin, 276-634-4663 or  amartin@henrycountyva.gov