NOVA graduate Todd E. Lupton has been selected to serve as the new Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue for the City of Manassas effective Oct. 3.
Originally from Front Royal, Lupton received an associate degree in EMS technology from NOVA in May 2000 and a B.S. in fire science administration from Waldorf College. With more than 18 years of Fire and Rescue experience, he has achieved the Designation of Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is currently certified as a Fire Officer IV and with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Lupton said his experience at NOVA greatly influenced his desire to pursue a career path dedicated to serving others.
“NOVA provided the foundation for me to begin a career in public safety as well as foster the idea of life-long learning,” Lupton said. “I wasn’t the traditional student. I originally started at NOVA to go through the EMS and advanced life support (ALS) program at the Annandale campus. I then realized that having a secondary education was very important to have a career in fire service and I followed up by obtaining my associates degree.
As the former Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Manassas Park, Lupton has been with the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue System since 2011 serving as Battalion Chief. With great pride in his alma mater, Lupton said he continuously encourages his employees to enroll in paramedic courses and degree programs at NOVA as an effort to expand their opportunities for professional growth.
“The number one piece of advice I give my employees is to always stick with it no matter the situation or outcome,” said Lupton. “I always tell them, although it’s never a good time to go back to school, do not continue to put it off. You just have to realize that it is a priority for your overall career in today’s world. Outstanding educational institutions such as NOVA have truly progressed in making a degree attainable for working professionals. I absolutely enjoyed my NOVA experience.”
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