Fire & Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Martinsville Fire and EMS is a combination agency providing services with a diverse composition of career and volunteer personnel. Fire Chief Dan Howell manages the department with the assistance of a dedicated and professional team of Company and Chief Officers. Martinsville's 11 square miles is covered by two stations consisting of two engine companies, one ladder company, a rescue truck, and two advance life support ambulances.

Fire suppression, advanced life support EMS transport, vehicle rescue, technical rescue, fire inspections, fire investigations, plans review, public education, emergency management, city-wide employee safety, and hazardous materials response services are provided. There are three divisions including Administration, Operations, and Emergency Management and Safety.

The department responds to approximately 3,800 calls per year. Of those, about 85% are medically related, and the remainder are fire related.

Personnel are cross-trained in both fire and EMS. Common certifications include Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and many other specialty courses.

Insurance Rating

Martinsville Fire and EMS is an ISO public protection classification 3 department.

Our Vision

To become the finest emergency service organization possible by utilizing and developing our personnel to their fullest potential, maximizing our resources and being responsive to the growth and changing needs of our community.

Our Mission

To protect life, property and the environment by providing safe, prompt and professional services in a fiscally responsible and ethical manner utilizing a diverse composition of career and volunteer personnel to enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of the City of Martinsville.

Our Core Values


Our actions and relationship with the community are guided by an internal sense of honesty and morality. We will work hard every day to maintain the highest professional standards and to earn the public's trust through our actions.


Our conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence. We are committed to quality, possessing a positive attitude, and having pride in our work.


We acknowledge, encourage and respect the ethnic and cultural diversity within our department and community. We perceive individual differences as a strength, both in our department and community.


We acknowledge that truth and trust are the foundations of relationship building and service delivery, and honesty begins with the individual.


We believe each member shall be loyal to, and speak positively of our fellow firefighters, department, City government, and citizens.