John Butler

John S. Butler has been the Fire Chief for the Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department since September 2018. He previously served as the fire chief for Howard County (MD) and was the first chief to have held every rank within that department. 

He is an active paramedic and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and professional development certificates from Harvard University, National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).  Chief Butler co-chairs the International Association of Fire Chiefs Diversity Executive Leadership Program (IDELP); holds the Chief Fire Officer, Chief EMS Officer, Chief Training Officer, and Fire Marshal professional designations. 

He is also a member of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors; and a commissioner with the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.  He is a retired U.S. Marine with 20 years of active and reserve service, including two combat tours.