Spec Rescue

Instructors & Staff

Dean Paderick



Dean Paderick is the Chief Executive Officer of SPEC RESCUE International. He has taught courses at the local, state, and national level, including the National Emergency Training Center/National Fire Academy. Dean has served as faculty and presenter for conferences including FDIC (Fire Department Instructors' Conference) and First Due. He is noted for having started the Heavy and Tactical Rescue Program in Virginia in 1980 and for creating "Da Worm," an internationally recognized Confined Space Training Module.

He has a strong background in instructional development and course delivery on the local, state, and national level. Dean has participated in the development of courses in fire, emergency medical service, incident management, and terrorism, as well as all aspects of technical rescue.

As a member of FEMA's US&R VA TF-2, Dean primarily serves as a Plans Officer, with Safety Officer and Rescue Technician qualifications, as well. He serves on two NFPA Committees: Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment (#1951) and Life Safety Rope (#1983). Like many Spec Rescue instructors and partners, he was part of a team that responded to the September 11 crisis.

Dean has been in the fire service since 1965, following a tour with the U.S. Marine Corps. He served as the Fire Chief in Troutville, VA and became a Virginia State Certified Fire Instructor in 1974. He was an Area Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs in 1990, later promoted to Director of Training for the Commonwealth in 1994. There, he served as Agency Legislative Liaison as well as the Technical Instruction Supervisor and Coordinator. In February 1998, Dean retired from State Service with over 25 years in the Public Safety arena.