Farmington Hills firefighter graduates from command school

Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Senior Firefighter Colin Brennan, and Deputy Fire Chief Jason Olszewski
From left: Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Senior Firefighter Colin Brennan, and Deputy Fire Chief Jason Olszewski (City of Farmington Hills)

Senior Firefighter Colin Brennan, a 12-year veteran of the Farmington Hills Fire Department, has successfully completed Fire Staff and Command School at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The 360-hour program takes the fire officer beyond traditional operational methods and exposes them to strategic thinking and creative, innovative problem-solving techniques. The curriculum consists of five major topics intended to address the changing needs expected in today’s fire service including leadership, planning and decision making, human resource management, administration, and critical situations.

“The information gained in this program is priceless,” Fire Chief Jon Unruh said in a press release. “It allows our staff to develop themselves in advanced leadership best practices.”

During his nine months with the program, Brennan also attended the State of Michigan Fire Investigation School. Plus, he was also working on his Master of Science in Technology Degree at Eastern Michigan University in Public Safety and Emergency Management. He is assigned to the Department’s Operations Section.