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Executive Fire Officers Section

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Identifying, producing, and encouraging industry-wide and governmental acceptance of executive fire officer development programs, certifications, and standards.

EFO Section updates

Become an NFA Instructor

The National Fire Academy is currently looking for instructors for a new course entitled "Leadership in Supervision." The NFA announcement letter gives all the pertinent information. The application period ends December 15.

NFA Application Period Open Until December 15

The application period for the second semester of the National Fire Academy, on-campus, resident classes closes December 15.  The second semester includes those classes scheduled from April 1 – September 30, 2017. The Course Catalog details the available classes and application material can be found at How to Apply.

EFO Symposium Presentations Now Available

Whether you were fortunate enough to attend or wish you had, you can now access the 2016 EFO Symposium Presentations. Gain from the research your fellow fire service leaders have provided and share it with your department and your network of fire officers.

EFO Graduate Symposium

The EFO Section's Annual Symposium was a success with education and fun experienced by all. Great speakers such as Royal Mortenson, Charles McGarvey, David Griffin, Tom Jenkins, Billy Hayes, Dave Statter, Ann Nelson, Dr. Burton Clark, and Mike Fronimos discussed the issues facing fire service executives around the country. Attendees were also treated to some of the best applied research projects by recent students. Four students were awarded the 2015 Don Manno Outstanding Research Award. Battalion Chief Joshua Goyet was recognized for his research on executive development; Battalion Chief Ronald Powers for executive analysis of community risk reduction; Fire Chief Andrew Baxter for executive analysis of fire service operations in emergency management; and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Patterson for executive leadership.

2015 ARP Award Winners
2015 Don Manno Outstanding Research Award Winners (l to r: Battalion Chief Joshua Goyet, Battalion Chief Ronald Powers, Fire Chief Andrew Baxter. Not Pictured: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Patterson)

Templates to Help with Business and Strategic Planning

Planning is an important part of executive leadership, but sometimes knowing how to conduct that process is overwhelming. To help departments with this challenge, two documents have been developed by Chief Gary Curmode (IAFC 2nd VP) and the Copper Mountain Fire Department. The Business Plan Template and the Strategic Plan Template give step by step instructions as well as contact information to answer questions about this valuable resource.

Fire Chief Keith Bryant, IAFC Past President, swears in Chiefs Weiss (left) and Barton (right)
Fire Chief Keith Bryant, IAFC Past President, swears in Chiefs Weiss (left) and Barton (right)

EFO at Fire Rescue International in San Antonio

San Antonio Fire Department served as a great host in their beautiful city and the EFO Section was able to come together for both business and fellowship. Over 50 members attended the annual meeting, which included the swearing in of board members Deputy Chief Gregory Barton and Fire Chief Gary Weiss. Chief Kelly, EFO Section Chair, was able to update IAFC members in an interview on IAFC TV. A reception was held for the section members and the board fielded questions at a booth on the exhibit floor.

New Recommended Actions for Reducing Cancer in Firefighters

The Interagency Board (IAB), a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners aimed at strengthening the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies, has released findings on the reduction of cancer in firefighters. These are found in its new publication, "Recommended Actions Related to Reducing the Known Risk of Cancer in Fire Fighters."

EFO Section Support for Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research

Executive fire officers understand the importance of keeping up with the latest in fire service research and there is no better place to stay up-to-date than through the IAFC's FSTAR (Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research) program. View concise fact sheets on different studies or download the entire document to come to your own conclusions. Dont forget to sign up for the FSTAR newletter to stay current.

Firefighter Code of Ethics

The Fire Service is a noble calling and to ensure its integrity, the highest standards of ethical conduct must be followed. To help navigate these sometimes murky waters, the EFO Section has developed a code of ethics guide.

FF Code of Ethics

IAFC Board Approves Our Strategic Plan

With its passage, the section has a direction for the next two years. Review this section's strategic plan to learn how to be a part of this exciting endeavor.

Report from the Chair

Read the Section Chair's latest update and see how you can play a part.

It's Our Turn

As aspiring leaders, the executive fire officer program gives us a professional development framework for success. As graduates, it not only gives us the tools for success but allows us to become professional mentors for future generations of firefighters.  For nearly three decades, the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy has developed leaders throughout the world that have created safer communities and a more sustainable fire service for our future.

In 2014, the IAFC added the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Section to its group of sections. As members of the IAFC, you’ve already made a commitment to support the fire service.   “It’s our turn” now to give back! Please join our section members as we support executive fire officers that continue to create a sustainable leadership culture for our future fire service leaders.

You do not necessarily need to be a current NFA/ EFO student, or NFA/ EFO graduate to join the section. As future leaders or current fire service leaders, this is our opportunity to give back and assist in developing our future fire service leaders and make our profession truly a professional.

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Spencer Cheatham
EFO Section Staff Liaison

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The Executive Fire Officers Section used to be known as the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO). To ensure the sustainability and growth of the organization, NSEFO became a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2014.