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

Fall National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT):  Aug. 20-Nov. 26, 2019.  Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1800-2100. For schedule info, contact Hamp Ingram.

Spring National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT):  TBA    

Continuing Education Hours:

CE Opportunity:  CEs for ALS & BLS providers available on the third Wednesday of every month, from 0900-1200 or 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 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. 


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.


BLS/ALS CE Stroke/Sepsis (Medical)  Oct. 16 0900-1100
BLS/ALS CE Stroke/Sepsis (Medical) *Special event with SOVAH Health. CASE STUDIES! Oct. 16 1800-2000
DFP Mayday Oct. 19-20 0800-1700
ACLS Recert Oct. 24 0800-1700
Quarterly Skills Verification (4th Qtr) Oct. 30 1800-2100
Basic Infection Officer (register at VAVRS) Nov. 2 1900-2100
Designated Infection Control Officer (register at VAVRS) Nov. 3 0900-1700
Henry County Rescue Squad Association Meeting Nov. 4 1800-2000
Quarterly Skills Verification (4th Qtr) Registration REQUIRED Nov. 13 1800-2100
Martinsville/Henry County Fire Association Meeting Nov. 14
NFA Weekend @ Emmitsburg, MD Nov. 16-17
BLS/ALS CE "Talk to Me: Communications (Operations)  Nov. 20 0900-1100
BLS/ALS CE "Talk to Me: Communications (Operations)  Nov. 20 1800-2000
Hazmat Operations Dec. 7 1800-2200
BLS/ALS CE "Blue Christmas: Respiratory Pathophysiology" (Airway) Dec. 18 0900-1100
BLS/ALS CE "Blue Christmas: Respiratory Pathophysiology" (Airway) Dec. 18 1800-2000
ESAC Meeting TBA
General Aviation for Firefighters TBA

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