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John T. Buttrick III
  • 29, Male
  • Suffolk, VA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Hampton, VA
City of Suffolk, VA Fire Dept.
Firefighter/ Medic II
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration
December 2018

Hocking College
Nelsonville, Ohio
Associates Degree in Fire and EMS
Fire & EMS Academy
September 2009

Tidewater Regional Fire Academy
Newport News, Virginia
Class #149
Class President
December 2014

Virginia Fire Officers Academy
Richmond, Virginia
Class 2016-02 June 2016

Hampton Roads Fire Officers Academy
Hampton, Virginia
Class #04 December 2017

ProBoard/ IFSAC Virginia & Ohio Firefighter II
NREMT, Virginia & Ohio Paramedic
Fire Instructor II
Fire Officer II
Ohio Fire Inspector
OSHA HazMat Technician

Firefighter Instructor reviewer and content contributor for the Public Safety Group / Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, 4th Edition
Chapter 10, Forcible Entry.
Chapter 11, Ladders.
Chapter 16, Water Supply.
Voices of Experiences contributor, Chapter 10 Forcible Entry.

Paramedic Instructor reviewer and content contributor for the Public Safety Group / Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Mosby's Paramedic Textbook, 5th Edition. Mick J. Sanders, EMT-P, et al.
Chapter 20, Clinical Decision Making.
Chapter 22, Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat.

International Society of Fire Services Instructors (ISFSI) content contributor and active member

FDIC 2017 Scholarship Recipient

ISFSI 2017 Scholarship Recipient

CFSI 2017 & 2018
John Buttrick has 9 years of experience in the fire service. Starting his career with urban departments in greater Cincinnati, he served there until 2014. Relocating to Virginia, his career in the fire service and passion for training and firemanship continued. Currently a Firefighter/ Medic II with the City of Suffolk, John serves at a multi-company station currently assigned to Engine. Co. #5 on the B shift. The Suffolk Fire Dept. is a 10-station department with more than 280 sworn personnel in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Organized in 1884, Suffolk runs a city-wide Heavy Rescue Company (R1), 14 Engine Companies boasting two stations with two in-service engine companies, 3 ladder companies, and a host of other equipment and special teams protecting over 430 square miles of urban, suburban, and waterfront area. Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia by area as well as the 14th largest in the country. Suffolk is in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area which also includes the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. John has served in fire department roles as a volunteer, live-in volunteer, part-time, and career. He is currently employed IAFF career, part-time at another Hampton Roads FD and instructs at Thomas Nelson Community College. He is also the Vice President of the Pirate FOOLS and is heavily involved in fire and EMS training. A proud and active IAFF L2801 member, John also founded Coastal Fire Training.
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John T. Buttrick III's Blog

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

Respectful Entry; Through-The-Lock FE

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Firefighter through-the-lock forcible entry. A less destructive and more technical entry that results in gaining patient and occupant access on…


Posted on July 1, 2018 at 3:00pm


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