Fire Lieutenant Promotions Announced

The City of Auburn Hills is pleased to announce the promotions of three firefighters to the rank of Fire Lieutenant. These promotions will improve efficiencies within the department and the quality of fire services and emergency medical services provided to the community.

  • Michael Strunk has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective July 13, 2013.  Strunk started his career with the Auburn Hills Fire Department in 1996 as a paid-on-call firefighter.  He was promoted to the rank of full-time firefighter in 2000.  Strunk is a Paramedic/Firefighter and is certified to handle Hazardous Materials.  He is a graduate of the Oakland Community College Fire Academy and is currently working towards completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.  Strunk lives in Auburn Hills with his wife and two children.
  • Owen Milks has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective July 14, 2013.  Milks started his career with the Auburn Hills Fire Department in 2000 as a paid-on-call firefighter.  He was promoted to the rank of full-time firefighter in 2002.  Milks is an Instructor Coordinator Paramedic, Fire Fighter Instructor, and Hazardous Materials Technician.  He is a graduate of the North Oakland County Fire Academy.  Milks lives in Orion Township with his wife and three children.
  • John Hering has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective July 15, 2013.  Hering started his career with the Auburn Hills Fire Department in 1994 as a paid-on-call firefighter.  He then worked as a firefighter for the City of Detroit from 1999 to 2002.  He returned to Auburn Hills in 2002 when he was hired as a full-time firefighter.  Hering is an Emergency Medical Technician.  He graduated from Oakland Community College fire academy and has a Fire Science certificate from Macomb Community College.  Hering lives in Auburn Hills with his wife and three children.

A ceremony has been planned at the City Council meeting of August 19, 2013 at 7 pm at which the lieutenants will receive their oath of office.

The Lieutenants will be responsible for the day-to-day operations on their respective shifts.  They will work closely with the Fire Division Administration to ensure that operations are run effectively.

Our Fire Department never before had the rank of lieutenant among our career full-time personnel so this is an important step.  Being promoted in our department is not an easy task.  Several of our personnel completed the assessment center testing.  First they must take a difficult written test drawn from textbooks and manuals used in the fire profession to demonstrate their mastery of the technical aspects of fire fighting, incident command and personnel management.  If they were successful, they moved on to the assessment center where they were rated by fire professionals from other departments on how well they demonstrated skills that we expect an Auburn Hills fire lieutenant to have.  I can assure you it was a difficult process.  We respect those who did not succeed because of their tremendous investment in studying and preparation.  To them we will give additional training and preparation for promotion in the future.

We are confident in the abilities of our new lieutenants and look forward to the new capabilities they will bring to the service level in this community.  Personally, this is one of the very best aspects of my job and always a thrill to promote deserving personnel.  I am just getting to know these individuals and I look forward to working with them and including them as part of our entire command staff of both police and fire.  Both police and fire division work together for continuous improvement in the services we provide.

Congratulations!