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Lives in:
Memphis, TN
Fire Department of Memphis/ Coastal Fire Training, LLC.
Firefighter/ Paramedic | Owner
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JOHN BUTTRICK is an 12-year career firefighter and paramedic currently serving as a firefighter/paramedic in the Memphis (TN) Fire Department assigned to Truck 8 in the 5th Battalion. He is the owner of Coastal Fire Training, LLC. He is a contributor to Fire Engineering, Leatherhead Mafia, and other training and tactics blogs and Web sites. He assists with numerous fire officer academies and large national fire conferences. He has an associate degree in fire and EMS and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire administration. He instructed several years at a local community college. He is a past FDIC International scholarship recipient, and along with other members of Coastal Fire Training, will be presenting “Respectful Entry: Through-The-Lock & Beyond” at FDIC International 2021.
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Respectful Entry: To Infinity & Beyond

For in-depth media demonstrations and explanations, please visit our social media pages and our YouTube channel. Links are found at the end of the article. 

As a modern fire service, we are constantly seeking methods and tactics to increase our service delivery model and to have better trained, better equipped firefighters and to strengthen our relationship with our citizens and business owners while effecting efficient & effective entries on calls. This…


Posted on July 5, 2019 at 9:44am

The CHAR: Crazy, Honest & Reviewed.

My training and tools side hustle receives a fair share of inquiries regarding “vetting” new tools. These typically come from the company themselves, direct to us, for review. What intrigued me as a Truck Co. firefighter after seeing The CHAR tool was that this could be the first vertical firefighter self-rescue tool. As a massive fan of the pompier ladder, I had to get my hands on this.

This one I solicited for. I wanted this…

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 2:00pm

Go to a fire every day.

Go to a fire every day. Every damn day.

Do I work for the busiest company in the busiest department? Surely not.

But I go to fires every single day.

Mentally, physically, or emotionally; I go to fires every day.  Allow me to explain.

This starts with a can-do and will-do attitude; a discipline that you are a firefighter. A way of life. That means acting accordingly on your…


Posted on February 28, 2019 at 1:00am

What’s in that bag? Through-The-Lock Respectful Entry Tools

Part II of the Through-The-Lock/ Respectful Entry series.


This is what we carry in our TTL/ RE bag.

Ours.  …


Posted on July 12, 2018 at 6:30am


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