About us

 Public Safety Staff

Public Safety Director– Matt Tatum, M.A., NREMT-P

Deputy Director/Division Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination– Suzie Helbert, B.S. NREMT-P

Fire Marshal – Lisa Garrett, B.A., EMT

Division Chief of Operations – Jason Sturm, NREMT-P

Assistant Fire Marshal – Kiah Cooper, B.S., NREMT

Assistant Division Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination Kenny Shumate, AAS, NREMT-P 

Assistant Division Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination Gary Ayers, NREMT-P

 Administrative Assistant – Pam Mason, EMT



A shift: Travis Burnette – FF/Medic

B shift:  Adam Martin – FF/Medic

C shift: James Foley – FF/Medic

D shift: Brandon Hatcher – FF/Medic







Learn more about our Training Facility here



The Department of Public Safety is dedicated to saving lives, preserving property, and maintaining economy of the citizens and businesses of Henry County. Our mission is accomplished by ensuring Henry County’s readiness to respond, recover and reduce the effects of potential, intentional, accidental or natural disasters and emergencies.


The Henry County Department of Public Safety coordinates all emergency services in the County. The department consists of a Director, a Deputy Director, a Fire Marshal,  an Assistant Fire Marshal, a Division Chief of Operations, a Division Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination, two Assistant Chiefs of Training and Volunteer Coordination, an Administrative Assistant, and Full and Part-time paramedic/firefighters. Equipment for emergency management includes a hazardous materials response trailer, a mobile air supply unit, a mass casualty incident response trailer, a decontamination trailer, and a technical hazardous operations unit.

Henry County Public Safety provides assistance to volunteer rescue squads and fire departments. Career paramedic/firefighters are strategically placed through-out the county providing ALS assistance, firefighting, or full mutual aid as needed.

The County participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Assistance (EMA) program. This program provides federal funds to qualifying localities meeting certain emergency management standards in planning, response, mitigation, and training.

Henry County Public Safety maintains a state-of-the-art Police, Fire and EMS training facility on DuPont Road in Henry County, Virginia. The 22,000 square foot building includes seven classrooms, EMS training equipment room, shower facilities, two break rooms and office space for the Public Safety Staff, Western Virginia EMS Council and the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Academy. On the grounds, there is a modern burn facility, a training tower, SCBA maze trailer, air bottle refilling station, several tanker and rail cars, and other various hazardous material training props.


Since 1985


1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, Virginia 24112 (Guidance Map)

Values and Goals

  • Promote professional attitudes and conduct in accomplishing goals
  • Encourage trust, respect, honesty, fairness and integrity
  • Exhibit quality and courteous service
  • Provide timely response to public inquiry
  • Communicate effectively with customers and stakeholders
  • Realize the complexity of emergency situations and be responsive to change
  • Value the public trust and the opportunity to serve
  • Support teamwork to accomplish the departmental mission

Contact Info

Phone: (276) 634-4660

Fax: (276) 634-4770