Chief Buddy Martinette

Second Vice President

Wilmington Fire Department

Cecil V. “Buddy” Martinette, Jr. is the Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Prior to this position, he served for three years as an Assistant County Administrator in Hanover County, Virginia and six years as the Chief of the Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA.  Chief Martinette began his career at the age of nineteen with the Virginia Beach Fire Department where he spent twenty-five years leaving as a Battalion Chief and Chief Fire Marshall.  

Chief Martinette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program where he received the Outstanding Research Award in leadership.  Chief Martinette also received the designation of Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation.
Chief Martinette is a former Instructor III with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs, FEMA Rescue Specialist Instructor, and past Incident Support Team Operations Officer and Task Force Leader for Virginia Task Force II, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue Program.  His Search & Rescue experience includes the Colonial Heights Wal-Mart Collapse, deployments for hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Frances, Charlie, Ivan, Katrina, and Rita, as well as the Murrah Federal Building bombing, and the 9-11 Pentagon collapse.


Chief Martinette was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016 to serve as a Commissioner on the North Carolina State Emergency Response Commission.  He is also a past President and active member of Wilmington Central Rotary.  

Chief Martinette frequently lectures on organizational leadership and specialized rescue operations to public safety, military, industrial, and law enforcement organizations.  Chief Martinette is the author of numerous articles and as well as the first, second, and third editions of the Jones & Bartlett book Trench Rescue – Principles and Practice to NFPA 1006 and 1670.  




Wilmington Fire Department

801 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Office: (910) 341-7846