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FCDPS Training Center

Training Center

The Franklin County Department of Public Safety training center is located at 1516 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount VA. The training center is a 3,300 sq. foot classroom facility that accommodates up to 30 students. The training center trains career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) and paramedics. The facility has several on-going training classes including: 

  • EMT-Basic

    The VA Office of EMS Emergency Medical Technician – Basic course is designed to provide training to prepare an individual to function independently in a medical emergency. This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to provide basic life support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of pre-hospital patient care. The course requires a minimum of 154 hours of classroom and skills instruction and 10 hours of Clinical/Field rotations for a total of 164 hours of training.


    Virginia Certification requires successful completion of a written and practical skills examination. This course is designed to train individuals to serve as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. This includes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care as an attendant-in-charge with a basic life support ambulance service or other specialized rescue service.


    Upon successful completion of the training program, the student will be capable of performing the following functions:


    (1) Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injury to assess requirements for emergency care.

    (2) Administer appropriate emergency care to stabilize the patient’s condition.

    (3) Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient in a way as to minimize discomfort and further injury.

  • FF1

    This course is based on NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and leads to Pro Board certifications.


    The course is designed for the person who seeks the knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a fire-fighting team under direct or general supervision in hazardous conditions.


    The FF I course consists of a combination of classroom study, drill field practice, and training evolutions that will prepare the firefighter to perform most fire ground functions under the supervision of an officer or experienced firefighter.


    Prerequisites: HazMat Ops required for certification

    Hours: 160

    Standard/Reg: NFPA 1001



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