Training


Henry County Department of Public Safety offers Firefighter 1, Hazmat Operations, and Firefighter 2 as well as 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.  2019 Initial classes are listed below and updated as new classes are added:

Initial Classes: 

Firefighter 1:  July 29, 2019  Contact Kenny Shumate to register.  (Hazmat Operations:  Dec. 7, 2019)

Firefighter 2:  TBA

Spring National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT):  Jan. 14 -May 21, 2020. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1800-2100, and some Saturday mornings. To register, contact Hamp Ingram.  

Continuing Education Hours:

CE Opportunity:  CEs for ALS & BLS providers available on the third Wednesday evening of every month from 1800-2100. Contact Hamp Ingram to register.

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 for more information.

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. 

EMS SKILLS VERIFICATION

The HCDPS Training Division offers opportunities for skills verification at the Training Center on the last Wednesday of every month, from 1800 to 2100. Pre-registration is REQUIRED.  Quarterly skills verification is part of the Henry County Operational Medical Director's (OMD) quality management program. Verification may also be completed at each volunteer EMS agency by designated members. Contact Hamp Ingram to register or for more information.

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES:  HCDPS offers a wide variety of additional classes each year to include Fire and EMS specialty classes and Emergency Management classes.  Henry County volunteer Fire and EMS agencies also offer various classes throughout the year.  For the most recent updates of classes offered follow Henry County Department of Public Safety on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on the list below.  All classes are held at HCDPS, 1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112 unless otherwise noted.  Click highlighted area for registration information.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Hazmat Operations Dec. 7 1800-2200
Quarterly Skills Verification (4th Qtr) Registration REQUIRED Dec. 11 1800-2100
WVEMS CTS Testing Dec. 18 1800-2200
BLS/ALS CE "Blue Christmas: Respiratory Pathophysiology" (Airway Areas 11 & 16) Dec. 17 1800-2000
ESAC Meeting TBA
General Aviation for Firefighters TBA
EMT Course Begins (meets Tues. and Thurs. and some Saturdays) Jan. 14 - May 21
BLS/ALS CE Guest Speaker: Richard Norris, face transplant recipient (Trauma Areas 13 & 18)  Jan. 15 1800-2000
Quarterly Skills Verification (1st Qtr) Registration Required Jan. 29 1800-2100
BLS/ALS CE "My Heart Just Isn't In It" (Cardiovascular Areas 12 & 17) Feb. 18 1800-2000
Quarterly Skills Verification (1st Qtr) Registration Required Feb. 26 1800-2100
BLS/ALS CE "High On Life (and other excuses)" (Medical Areas 14 & 19) Mar. 18 1800-2000
Quarterly Skills Verification (Last event of 1st Qtr) Registration Required Mar. 25 1800-2100
WVEMS CTS Testing Mar. 28 0830-1300



HCDPS Training Division:

Deputy Director, Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination:  Suzie Helbert, 276-634-4662 

Assistant Chief of Training (Fire):  Kenny Shumate, 276-634-4658

Assistant Chief of Training (EMS):  Hamp Ingram, 276-634-4663