Honoring Spec FOunder

H. Dean PADERICK  (1942 - 2022)

On June 30, 2022, Dean passed away after complications from a long battle with cancer. He held many positions during the course of his working life including service in the United States Marine Corps, Fire Chief in Troutville, VA, and Director of Training for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was a member of VA Task Force II that responded to the September 11 crisis at the Pentagon, and responded as a volunteer to the World Trade Center. His contributions to the specialized technical rescue industry continued with the formation of Spec Rescue International and his many leadership roles with the company.

- Buddy Martinette, CEO/CFO

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spec Mission

Spec was created with one mission in mind: to provide the most up-to-date, cutting-edge, specialized training and consultation services available anywhere in the world. For almost 30 years, Spec has been a leader in the technical rescue industry and the company has grown to meet not only the needs of those in Emergency Service but also the industrial market as well. 

Through five different business segments, Spec offers customized solutions that are compliant and safe as well as cost effective.



Mobile Asset Trailers,

Haulers, Construction, and

Heavy-Duty Vehicles

$3 million+


Mobile Training Equipment and Props

2,000+ SQ FT


Office and Warehouse Space



Fully Trained Expert Instructors

Equipped like no other, Spec can provide not only the expertise but also the equipment to train and respond to your needs. With full liability insurance, Spec offers solutions that are turnkey ready and right-sized for every situation.

spec Leadership

SPEC BOARd officerS

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C.V. "Buddy" Martinette

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Director of Contract Sales

Larry Phillips


Director of Educational Services



Ray Irizarry

Director of Operations

One of the four founders of Spec, Chief Martinette returned to an active role in the company in 2022 after a long career as a leader in the Fire and Rescue industry.

Prior to his positions with Spec International, Larry served with the Norfolk Fire & Rescue Department advancing to Firefighter Paramedic Lieutenant. 


Ray is a FEMA instructor and has been with Spec International for 12 years as an instructor and currently serves as the Director of Operations.


Dennis Macedo


After a long career with the City of New Bedford, MA, Fire Department, Dennis is currently serving as a member of the FEMA/MA Urban Search and Rescue Team, a role he has held for almost 30 years.

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Larry Phillips

Vice President

Prior to his positions with Spec International, Larry served with the Norfolk Fire & Rescue Department advancing to Firefighter Paramedic Lieutenant. 


Rich Alfes


Rich is a 30-year fire officer veteran and is now a Safety Officer/Rescue Specialist with the US Department of Homeland Securities, FEMA, Urban Search and Rescue program.


Randy Journigan


Chief Journigan served in the Virginia Beach Fire Department for 37 years before joining Spec as Chief Operations Officer in 2013. In 2017, he became Spec CEO and retired from that position in December 2021. 

Open Position




spec team

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larry phillips
Director of educational services

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jon rigolo
Director of Industrial Operations

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Bob Hnatko
contact for spec built

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buddy martinette 
Contact for spec tech