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John Burruss
  • 64, Male
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville Fire Department
Master Firefighter
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
technology, response times
Professional Qualifications:
Virginia Department of Fire Programs Heavy and Technical Rescue Instructor
Fire Instructor IV
Fire Officer IV
VDFP Driver-Aerial Operator Instructor
University of Maryland BS - Fire Science
Topics you provide training for:
heavy and technical rescue
Areas of expertise:
Curriculum development for heavy and technical rescue training programs.
My experience in fire and rescue service spans more than 33 years. I'm a career master firefighter with substantial experience in emergency medical and rescue services. I'm particularly interested in heavy and technical rescue program instructional development, management and course delivery on the local, state and national level.

I've been actively involved in Emergency Services since 1980, combining both career and volunteer experience in both the fire and rescue fields. I wrote the vehicle extrication awareness, operations and technician level classes used by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. I've presented at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), North Carolina Fire and Rescue Instructor Conference, New Jersey Vehicle Extrication School, Nebraska Vehicle Extrication School, JEMS EMS Today Conference, Maryland’s Parascope EMS Conference, Virginia State EMS Symposium, Andy Frederick’s Training Days and have written articles for Fire Rescue Magazine and Virginia Fire News Magazine.

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At 6:25pm on March 25, 2008, Adam T. Powers said…
Hey John, Welcome to the board, everyone else, this is the man for extrication.
At 1:48pm on March 24, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
we could use your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on page 3 of groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
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