TWINSBURG -- Fire Lt. Gina DeVito-Staub has completed the difficult four-year National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program, an intensive program that touches on a broad spectrum of modern fire training and allows firefighters to take the education back to their respective departments.

"It really is a big deal ," said Twinsburg Fire Chief Tim Morgan. "This is a very arduous program, over four years in length, with lots of reading and research. This is a real time commitment on Gina's part ... she really worked hard and engaged in the whole process."

U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Denis G. Onieal said the program is designed to provide senior fire officers with "a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration."

"This program provides fire service officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today's challenging environment," Onieal said.

The four courses with in the program required a written applied research project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student's own organization. Each of the projects was evaluated through a formal process, and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones.

Staub's ARP titles included:

"Paring Patient Needs to Emergency Department Resources: Developing a Medical Transport Standard Operating Procedure;"

"Constructing a Cardiac Health Risk Profile: Building the Foundation for a Community Cardiac Wellness Program for the City of Twinsburg, Ohio;"

"Impact of the Aging Population on EMS Operations at the Twinsburg Fire Department;" and

"Identifying Operational Guidelines: 800 MHz Digital Radio System."

"Gina is excited about her career in the fire service and what she can contribute to the growth and development of our department here in Twinsburg," Morgan said. "What she has learned she is excited to redistribute to the firefighters here in Twinsburg."

DeVito-Staub joined Twinsburg as a part-time firefighter-paramedic in 1997 and was hired as a full-time member in 2000. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2006.

She has a bachelor of arts in biology from Hiram College, as well as dual master's degrees from Grand Canyon College in leadership and business administration. Staub is an instructor and adjunct professor for The University of Akron, and an instructor for the Ohio Fire Chief's Association and Ohio Fire Academy.

She is also lead adviser for Twinsburg Fire Explorers Post No. 34 and works with as an adviser with the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and in the Twinsburg City School District.

DeVito-Staub resides in Solon with her husband, Herb, and son Sully.

-- Information submitted by the Twinsburg Fire Department