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About the EFO Section


The mission of the Executive Fire Officers Section of the IAFC is to identify, produce, adopt by reference and encourage industry-wide and governmental acceptance of Executive Fire Officer Development programs, certifications and standards for all executive fire officers. This mission will be accomplished by working through and with various existing and future committees and professional organizations within and external to the fire service.


It is the vision of the Executive Fire Officers Section to create a professionally recognized leadership environment in which all executive fire officers possess the appropriate combination of formal higher education, on-the-job experience and nationally, regionally and locally recognized credentials needed to lead the fire service through an ever-changing response environment.

In addition:

  • It is the EFO Section's charge to develop and then recommend to the IAFC Board higher-education requirements and acceptable credentials that are properly matched to the executive fire officer's hands-on knowledge, skills and abilities in order to meet the evolving mission of the fire/EMS service.
  • The organizational culture of local fire/EMS departments, with the adoption by reference of the IAFC, must continually evolve and place a greater emphasis on the standardization of professional development as it pertains to current and future fire service leaders.
  • The section will work with elected and appointed officials to help educate them on the need for professional and contemporary executive leadership as they develop local fire/EMS departmental management teams.
  • The EFO Section will work closely with the IAFC Company Officers Section and Professional Development Committee. These groups have a charge that fits directly into the mission and vision of the EFO Section. They are the backbone of the development of strong leaders in the fire service and compliment what this section is tasked to accomplish, through the IAFC, in leadership development and the promotion of executive-officer requirements.


EFO Section Bylaws (pdf) - Approved August 26, 2015

Board Conference Call/Meeting Minutes

All minutes are PDFs unless otherwise noted.

August, 27 2015 (FRI/Atlanta)

August 5, 2015

July 2015

June 2015


EFO Section Board of Directors


Pat Kelly
Columbia Southern University

Staff Liaison
Spencer Cheatham

Executive Committee

Chair: Pat Kelly

Vice Chair: Bud Phillips

Secretary/Treasurer: JoAnn Lorber


At Large: Joe Fahd (Eastern)

At Large: Gary Weiss (Great Lakes)

At Large: David Daley (Missouri Valley)

At Large: Chris Norris (New England)

At Large: Trey Mayo (Southeastern)

At Large: William Hyde (Southwestern)

At Large: Greg Barton (Western)

Specialty: Derrick Clouston (Professional Credentialing)

Specialty: Keith Padgett (Higher Education)

NFA Committee Representatives

Bill Bingham

Ben Chlapek

Helen Johnson


EFO Section Board of Directors Bios

Chair: Chief Patrick Kelly
Fire Chief Patrick Kelly has been part of the fire service since 1974 starting his career in Baltimore County, Maryland. After retiring as a battalion chief in 2000 he was selected as the first commissioner of emergency service for Westchester County, New York managing a department responsible for countywide fire and EMS training, hazmat and cause & origin response, countywide 911 communications and emergency management. During the events of 9/11/01 Chief Kelly was responsible to help manage resources responding into New York City to assist the FDNY and New York City Emergency Management respond to and recover from the attacks on the World Trade Centers.

In February of 2005 Chief Kelly accepted the fire chief position in DeLand, Florida, a city of 26,000 people in Central Florida. On November 11, 2008 Chief Kelly was appointed as fire chief for the Tucson Arizona Fire Department with a staff of 750 responding to over 80,000 calls for service per year.

After leaving Tucson in 2011 he became the fire chief/director for the Cherry Hill Fire Department in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 2012 and served until 2014.

Today, Chief Kelly is a full-time professor at Columbia Southern University and a senior consultant on municipal Fire/EMS and emergency management studies for the TriData Corporation out of Arlington, Virginia.

Chief Kelly is a 2003 graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is currently chairs the EFO Section within the International Aassociation of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University in Maryland and in 2008 he was awarded his CFO (Chief Fire Officer) designation and was re-designated in 2014.

Patrick has been married since 1974 to his wife Denise and they have two married children, Patrick and Kristin and two wonderful grandchildren, Brooke and Logan living in the Maryland and Washington D.C. suburbs. Chief Kelly likes to golf, studying Leadership from famous Americans and works out when he gets the chance.

Vice Chair: Harold (Bud) Phillips
Chief Harold (Bud) Phillips began his fire service career in 1969 with the Ridge Road Fire District; he was appointed chief in 2001. Chief Phillips is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program and is a certified chief fire officer from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. At present, he is the vice president of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, a director for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and the New York director for the Eastern Division of the IAFC.

Chief Phillips directed his department to become the first department in New York State to become accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2005. He was awarded the NYS Career Chief of the Year Award in 2006. He is currently a member of the NYS Career Chiefs Association, the NFPA, the Monroe County Fire Chiefs Association, the NYS Fire Marshal's Association, the National Society of Executive Fire Officers and the Fireman's Associations of the State of New York (FASNY) and the IAFC.

Chief Phillips is also president of Public Safety Management Consulting Group. He is married with five grown children. His son and son-in-law are both following in his footsteps as they are both captains in the fire department.

Secretary/Treasurer: Jo-Ann Lorber
Jo-Ann Lorber is a battalion chief/emergency manager for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She has been with Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue since January 1996. Chief Lorber holds an associates' degrees in liberal arts and fire science technology, a bachelor of arts degree in public management and a master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Chief Lorber is a 2006 graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program and was an Outstanding Applied Research Award winner in 2004 for her paper, Drowning…The Silent Killer of Children. Lorber has been awarded CFO designation. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA), the IAFC, Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA), National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO), American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) and the South Florida Regional Domestic Task Force (RDSTF). Additionally, she will have her Certified Emergency Management designation by July 2014.

Jo-Ann has written many articles on leadership for Fire Chief magazine and the Florida fire service.

Director At Large-Great Lakes: Gary Weiss

Gary L. Weiss is the Fire Chief for the Village of Germantown, Wisconsin. Germantown has a population of approximately 21,000 residents. The GFD responds to the needs of the community from two fire stations.

Chief Weiss has over 35 years of fire service experience including retiring from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, located in South Florida as a company officer and as Deputy Chief and Fire Chief of two other fire department in Florida before accepting the position with Germantown. Chief Weiss is a member of the Wisconsin Fire Chief’s Association, The International Association of Fire Chief’s where he is the Great Lakes Division representative to the Executive Fire Officer Section, he has been appointed to the Center for Public Safety Excellence Professional Credentialing Board of Directors, and is a member of the NFPA 1031 Committee. Additionally, Chief Weiss was appointed by Governor Walker to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.

Chief Weiss has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health, a 2002 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program, has been awarded his professional designation as a Chief Fire Officer, Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer and as a Fire Marshal.

Chief Weiss has been published in Fire Engineering, Florida fire Service Today, the Wisconsin Fire Journal, Wisconsin Fire Chief’s magazine and the Dublin (Ireland) Fire Brigade Magazine. Finally, Chief Weiss has been a speaker at several fire service conferences.

Chief Weiss is working on his first book on fire service leadership in a combination fire department.

Director At Large-Missouri Valley: David Daley
David Daley, accreditation manager, South Metro Fire-Rescue Authority (Colo.), is a 10-year veteran of the IAFC and serves on the Safety Health and Survival Section and EFO Section Board of Directors. He holds a B.S. in finance (Magna Cum Laude) and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a 2011 graduate of the EFO program and is also a chief fire officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. David has served as a fire marshall, training chief, battalion chief and is currently serving as the authority's accreditation manger.

David is currently the president of the Denver Metro Fire Chiefs Association. He was part of the team that developed the DHS Target Capabilities list and is a board member of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative. He was part of the team that developed the state's homeland security strategic plan in 2008 and assisted the roll out of the capabilities assessment as well as the strategic plan.

Director At Large-Eastern: Joe Fahd
Chief Fahd's career in the fire service began approximately 44 years ago with the Albany Fire Department. Joe joined the ranks of the fire department in 1966 as a firefighter. He began his journey through the ranks, becoming lieutenant in 1974, captain in 1982 and deputy chief in 1994, retiring from the department after 35 years of dedicated service in 2002. While captain of the Albany Fire Department, Chief Fahd obtained an associate's degree in fire science from Corning Community College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program.

Shortly after retirement, Chief Fahd realized his story was not yet complete and became chief of the Cohoes Fire Department in 2003, still serving the city of Cohoes today. Chief Fahd has served in many capacities in different organizations related to the fire and emergency medical service. Chief Fahd is a life member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and served on the EMS committee of this organization, and is a member of the IAFC. Chief Fahd currently serves as a director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

Chief Fahd currently serves as chair of the New York State Fire Service Council and was recently appointed to the Governor's Fire Advisory Board of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Chief Fahd serves as the chief deputy in the office of the Albany County Fire Coordinator, a position he has held for over 20 years. In his spare time, Chief Fahd enjoys traveling with his wife of 40 years and following his children and granddaughters through their life's adventures.

Director At Large-Southwestern: William Hyde

William Hyde is the deputy fire chief of Special Operations & Training for the City of Rogers, Arkansas. He began his career in 1998 with the City of Bentonville, where served as division chief. He also served on the City of Centerton Volunteer Fire Department. While in Centerton, he served the community as a paramedic and as the department's chief of training.

Chief Hyde is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program. He received his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management from Franklin University. He also holds Associate Degrees in Fire Science Administration & Paramedicine. He is currently pursuing an MBA with emphasis in Leadership & Ethics at John Brown University.

Director At Large-Southeastern: Trey Mayo
Trey Mayo has served as the fire chief of Winston-Salem, NC since January 2015. A third-generation firefighter, Mayo began his fire service career in 1989 as a volunteer in his hometown of Plymouth, N.C. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he volunteered with both the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department and South Orange Rescue Squad in Carrboro, NC. In 1996, Mayo joined the City of Raleigh Fire Department and was named valedictorian of the 1996 Raleigh Fire Academy. During his 11-year tenure in Raleigh, Mayo rose to the rank of captain and was assigned to engine, ladder and rescue companies in south and east Raleigh. He was recognized with the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina's Emergency Services Award in 1999. In December 2006, Mayo returned to Carrboro Fire-Rescue and served as deputy fire chief until May of 2010. In June 2010, Mayo was selected as the fire chief for Rocky Mount, NC, where he served until January 2015.

Mayo holds an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from Wilson Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has completed the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management certificate program at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. Mayo is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer and holds member status in the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Mayo chairs the committee that assembles the Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium held annually at the National Fire Academy. He is a member of the Rotary Club in Winston-Salem, is a Paul Harris Fellow, and was the 2012 Rotarian of the Year as a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club. Formerly, he was on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties and served as the municipal fire representative for NC Domestic Preparedness Region 4.

Director At Large-New England: Chris Norris
Fire Chief Christopher W. Norris has been a member of the Westhampton Fire Department since April 1994 and was appointed fire chief in January 2007. Chief Norris completed his Master's Degree in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College in 2003, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Westfield State University in 2011. Chief Norris has completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and also the prestigious Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Chief Norris has also received his designation as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) in June 2012. In May 2014, Chief Norris was selected to participate in the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) Program through the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) sponsored by Motorola. This is a year-long program that examines current issues, challenges, innovations, and leadership models in the fire service.

Chief Norris also teaches for the Massachusetts Firefighter Academy and is the Statewide Program Coordinator for the Call/Volunteer Recruit Training Program. Chief Norris is a member of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM), New England Association of Fire Chief's (NEAFC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), IAFC, and the Western Massachusetts Fire Chief's Association (WMFCA).

Director At Large-Western: Gregory Barton
Greg Barton is the Deputy Fire Chief for the Beverly Hills Fire Department. He has been with Beverly Hills for over 20 years and has held positions including Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Captain, Fire Marshal, and shift Battalion Chief. Chief Barton has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and is a 2012 graduate from the United States Fire Administration's National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.

Chief Barton earned his Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation in 2012 and is a certified Chief Officer through the California State Fire Marshal's office. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Greg served as a cadre member on the California State Fire Training Chief Fire Officer curriculum development committee and is an instructor for the California Fire Service Training and Education System. Greg serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maple Counseling Center and is an Executive Team Member on the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Committee.