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C.V. "Buddy" Martinette

Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Financial Officer


Prior to accepting the position of CEO at Spec International, Buddy served as the Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department in Wilmington, NC. He started his career at the age of 19 at Virginia Beach Fire Department where he spent 21 years rising from a firefighter to Battalion Chief and Chief Fire Marshal. Buddy also served as an Assistant County Administrator in Hanover County, VA, and Chief of Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department.


Buddy is a long time Instructor with State of Virginia Department of Fire Programs. His Urban Search and Rescue experience includes the Colonial Heights Walmart Collapse, deployments for hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Frances, and Ivan, the Murrah Federal Building Bombing, and the 9/11 Pentagon collapse. Buddy holds a BS n Fire Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration. He's a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and  holds the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation.

Buddy lectures nationwide on organizational leadership and specialized rescue operations to public safety, military, industrial, and law enforcement organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and also the first and second editions of the book Trench Rescue by Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

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Larry previously served as Educational Services Director and is currently serving as Director of Contract Sales. Prior to assuming this position, Larry served as a Lead Instructor for Spec Rescue International for several disciplines. Prior to his position at Spec, Larry served with Norfolk Fire & Rescue Department. While with the Norfolk Fire & Rescue Department, he advanced from the ranks of Firefighter to Firefighter Paramedic Lieutenant.

Larry has served on numerous local and federal task forces. He was a Board Member for Tidewater Emergency Medical Services. He has been deployed numerous times with FEMA US&R and VA-TF 2.  He holds a BS in Health and Physical
Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an NREMT-P from Tidewater Community College.

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Director of educational services



RAY Irizarry

director of operations

Ray was a professional firefighter for 33 years. His career included assignments to various stations including engine and ladder companies, HAZMAT and technical rescue stations. Additionally, he was assigned to the Virginia Beach Fire Department and Currituck County Fire-EMS Training Divisions, certified as a firefighter instructor since 1996, he was responsible for firefighter training of incumbent and recruit personnel from 2012-2021.

He has been a member for Federal Urban Search and Rescue Team, Virginia Task Force 2, since 2002. Ray has been on many deployments, from hurricanes to the Haiti earthquake, to the most recent Champlain Towers collapse.