Brian Butler

Career Fire Captain City of Trenton NJ Fire Dept. 22 years 

(7 years Ladder Co, 15 years Engine Co)

Firefighter King of Prussia PA Fire Rescue
Rescue Technician at Southeastern Montgomery County PA Technical Rescue Task Force
Hazmat Technician Bucks PA Hazmat Response Team

Contributor Firehouse & Fire Engineering   
Owner UrbanFireTraining.Com


Rescue Technician (NFPA 1006)

Vehicle Extrication Technician (NJ, PA DE)

Extrication & Machinery Technician (PA)

Confined Space Technician Level 2

Hazmat Technician

Railcar Incident Response
Heavy Rescue Operations/Technician

Agricultural, Machinery, Bus Rescue

Elevator Rescue Operations/ Technician (CT) 

Structural Collapse Operations Level 1

Mountain Rope Rescue Operations (TN)

 Industrial Rope Rescue 1,2,3 (NJ, PA)

SCUBA Diver (non-active)

PECO Fire Academy Electric and Gas
Septa, NJ Transit, Amtrak Passenger Train Emergency Response.

Incident Management-NIMS- IS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400, IS-0700, IS-0701, IS-800. 

Emergency Response to Terrorism

National Incident Safety Officer (ProBoard)

Fire Investigation (ProBoard) Arson Case Management, Fatality Investigation, Meeting Requirements of NFPA 1033, Fire Scene Search & Evidence Recovery (Non-Active)

Level 2 Fire Instructor (Proboard) 

NJ Drill Ground Instructor

Fire Engineering Profile

Facebook Page

Course Offerings

*Rapid Transit Fires

*Highrise Fires

*Highrise Emergencies

*Basement & Cellar Fires

*Attic & Cockloft Fires

*Vehicle Fires & Beyond

*Service Station Fires

*Hotel & Motel Fires. There is a difference...

*Vacant Structures

*Elevator Rescue

*Difficult to Access Fires (Tunnels, Bridges, Parking Garages, Marinas, Elevated Platforms)

NEW *Murphy's Law, Mind Triggering, Forecasting: The "HERCULES" Method





Nashville TN


REGISTER NOW! #FirehouseExpo #FHExpo18 Wed October 17th 2018 @ 1PM.

Brian Butler and Danny Stratton present, "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome Punishing Fires in Basements and Attics from the Foundation to the Ridge Pole"

The most dangerous and deadly structure fires occur in basements and attics. With limited access/egress and ventilation options, making the push on these fires can be a punishing task. This class will focus on recognizing the key size-up indicators and the proper strategy and tactics for engine, truck, rescue company, and RIT operations.

Different geographical areas will be discussed covering the similarities and differences of both urban/suburban areas and top/bottom-floor fires. Prevention of firefighter entrapment is a key topic focusing on hidden fire spread in attics and floor-collapse concerns for basement fires.

This preconference course will focus on strategy & tactics for basements, cellars, attics, and cocklofts. Knowing pre-arrival and key “on-approach” size-up indicators that the building is giving you contributes to better decision making.

Both presenters have a combined 50 years in the fire service with a passion for sharing their experiences working in busy urban areas where basement and attic fires have always been common jobs. Both have had close calls with basement fires and both have had published articles on attics and basements.


Brian Butler is a fire Captain and 22 year veteran of the fire service currently assigned to Engine Co #10 in downtown Trenton (NJ). He is also a member of the King of Prussia PA Fire Rescue in suburban Philadelphia. Butler serves as a rescue technician and hazmat technician with the Southeastern PA (Montgomery County) Technical Rescue Task Force and Hazmat Response Team and is a level 2 fire instructor. He is the owner of HERCULES fire training, and a contributor author at Firehouse, Fire Engineering, and UrbanFireTraining.Com.


Danny Stratton is a 30-year fire service veteran and a Captain with the Camden City (NJ) Fire Dept. He has experience as a volunteer, career and served as a fireman in the United States Army. He’s an instructor at Salem County Fire Academy, Camden County Emergency Training Center and an associate with Safety and Survival Training LLC. Stratton has a double associate degree in fire science. He is a contributing author to a fire service periodical and has taught at high profile conventions.

For more information, message Brian Butler or Danny Stratton on facebook.