Veteran Farmington Hills firefighter completes command school

Jackie Boleware Farmington Hills City Council


Senior Firefighter Aaron Berwick, an 11-year veteran of the Farmington Hills Fire Department, has successfully completed the 21st Class of Fire Staff and Command School at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

FHFD Berwick Staff and Command graduation
Pictured from left: Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Senior Firefighter Aaron Berwick, Deputy Chief Jason Olszewski, and Fire Marshall Jason Baloga (City of Farmington Hills)

The EMU Staff and Command School is a comprehensive, 360-hour program designed to take the fire officer beyond traditional operational methods and expose 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 incredibly beneficial to our organization,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh. “It allows our staff to develop themselves in advanced leadership best practices.”

In addition to Senior Firefighter Berwick, 18 Farmington Hills Firefighters are previous graduates of the EMU Fire Staff and Command School. Berwick is currently assigned to the Operations Section of the Farmington Hills Fire Department.