October 24, 2016, Canton, MI – Last week, Canton Fire Department’s Fire Marshal John Oltman and Captain William Wisler successfully completed Fire Staff & Command School at Eastern Michigan University.
The EMU Staff and Command School is a comprehensive 360-hour program that is 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 topic areas 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.
Fire Staff & Command School is mandatory for all Canton command officers and is a component of the ongoing training the department’s firefighters participate in on a regular basis.
Fire Marshal Oltman has been with the department for 15 years, originally serving as a Fire Inspector. In his current role as Marshal, he oversees the Fire Prevention and Inspection Unit which is responsible for plan reviews, site inspections, fire investigations and fire prevention.
Captain Wisler has been with the department for 16 years, originally hired as a firefighter/paramedic. In his current role as Captain, he serves as a station supervisor, providing leadership and development of firefighter/paramedics, under the leadership of their assigned Battalion Chiefs.