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Novi Fire lieutenants graduate from fire staff & command school

Release date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Contact: David E. Molloy, Director of Public Safety 248-347-0504

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NOVI, Mich., October 25, 2016 – Novi Fire Department Lieutenants Joshua A. Bunse and Remo Oliverio continued to advance their leadership skills by successfully completing Eastern Michigan University’s School of Fire Staff and Command last week.

Joshua Bunse
Joshua A. Bunse

Remo Oliverio
Remo Oliverio

The two lieutenants spent 10 months in the program, which takes the fire officer beyond traditional operation methods and exposes them to conceptual thinking and problem solving. Over the course of the 350-hour program, Lt. Bunse and Lt. Oliverio learned about problem analysis, management situations, project management, grant funding, managing fiscal budgets and managing personnel matters.

The ultimate goal of the school is to better prepare the professional fire officer to effectively manage their fire agency.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication Josh and Remo have shown by completing the Staff and Command Program,” said Novi Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police David E. Molloy. “I have every confidence the training specific to leadership, planning and decision-making, human resources, administration and critical incident/homeland security has prepared them to meet the many challenges the Novi Fire Department faces every day.”
Lt. Bunse has been with the Novi Fire Department for 12 years, starting as a fire protection officer before being promoted to lieutenant in 2012. Lt. Oliverio began working in Novi 10 years ago as a paid-on-call firefighter before being promoted to fire protection officer in 2006 and lieutenant in 2012.

The School of Fire Staff and Command education/training program develops fire officers destined for senior leadership within their departments. With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, senior fire officers must be prepared with the knowledge, skills and abilities afforded private industry, which are sometimes ignored in public service.

Novi Fire Department