The Administration Division is responsible for all operations of the organization. Headed by the Fire Chief, this division's duties include:

  • Envisioning the core emergency service needs of the community and directing activities to safely meet such demands in a prompt, efficient, and ethical manner;
  • Provide transformational leadership in a collaborative effort to maintain continuous quality improvement within the department;
  • Develop and implement strategic plans, departmental goals and objectives, and policies
  • Prepare, administer, and monitor the annual departmental budget while being fiscally responsible;
  • Recruit, select, hire, promote, and develop a diverse composition of career and volunteer departmental personnel; and
  • Ensuring a constant state of operational readiness by closely communicating with departmental officers and providing vital logistical resources.

The Administration Division staff includes the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.  In addition, the division includes the department's Administrative Assistant.


Click on a name to read their bios.

 Fire Chief  Kenneth S. Draper
 Deputy Fire Chief  Kristopher W. Shrader



Kenneth Draper started his career with the Martinsville Fire & EMS Department in December of 1979 when he was voted into the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Co. In March of 1983 Draper was hired as a full-time firefighter for the Martinsville Fire & EMS Department. In February of 1997 Draper was promoted to Lieutenant on A-Shift, in January of 2000 he was promoted to Captain on C-Shift, and in March of 2004 he was promoted to Assistant Chief on B-Shift. Draper was appointed Chief of the Martinsville Fire and EMS Department in November of 2007.

Chief Draper is a graduate of Martinsville High School and earned an Associates Degree in 1990 in Fire Protection Technology from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown N.C. He is state-certified as a fire officer, fire instructor, and in Hazardous Materials Operations. He also is certified by the Virginia Department of EMS as an EMT-Intermediate. Draper is also a 2001 graduate of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Course.

Chief Draper lives in the City of Martinsville with  his son Cody and his daughter Sarah. Chief Draper is very active with the Boy Scouts of America; he is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 63 sponsored by First United Methodist Church in Martinsville. He is an active member of the Martinsville Elks Lodge 1752, Martinsville Pythian Lodge 82, and the Martinsville High School Football and Soccer Booster Clubs.


Kristopher W. Shrader has been an active member of the fire-rescue service since 1990.  During this time he has, and continues to, serve as a volunteer in both the fire and emergency medical services, while being employed as a career firefighter/paramedic since 1996.

Deputy Chief Shrader is a graduate of Narrows High School, and in 2010 earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He also has earned an Associates of Science Degree in Emergency Health Services - Paramedic from the College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia; and an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Danville Community College.

Deputy Chief Shrader has attended many fire, rescue, and emergency medical service training courses and holds numerous certifications.  He is a dedicated emergency service instructor and is active in multiple fire, rescue, and emergency medical service organizations and serves on several committees.

Deputy Chief Shrader resides in the Snow Creek area of Franklin County with his wife Christy and their two children, McKinlee and Zeke.