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Two Tennessee fire officials graduate from FEMA program

Left, Nolensville Fire Assistant Chief Matthew Lupo graduates from the FEMA Executive Fire Officer program. Right, Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush is honored for his graduation from the program by U.S. Rep John Rose.

Two Tennessee fire officials have graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Executive Fire Officer certification program, making them among less than 80 individuals in the state to hold the certification. 

Nolensville Fire Assistant Chief Matthew Lupo and Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush both attended the last class in his 2-year certification program last month to earn the designation. 

The FEMA Executive Fire Officer certification program is highly competitive and requires a tremendous amount of commitment and hard work. It represents high level leadership skills, a vast understanding for the fire service and a commitment to learning the skills needed to strengthen an organization and community.

The program consists of 5 classes, taken over a 2- year period where students travel to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Since the program was formed in 1990, there have only been 76 individuals in the state of Tennessee to complete this certification and less than 5,000 in the United States.