Executive Fire Officer Program update: May 2019

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The National Fire Academy's (NFA) revised Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program will be an intensive and demanding two-year cohort program that requires a commitment of both time and energy.

Program length and content

The program includes four on-campus resident sessions, two per year. Residential sessions will be six to 10 days in length. Each year of the program includes intersession work done through our mediated learning platform. Mediated learning will require between six to 10 weeks of active participation. In addition, a comprehensive applied research paper will be developed while enrolled in the program.

Envisioned EFO Program layout (draft)

EFO schematic graphic Subject to change or modification.

Course design and framework

Work has started on the revised EFO course design and framework in greater detail. The first group of subject matter experts started their efforts on April 29, 2019. Their work will continue throughout the year on both the mediated and residential portions of the program.

Cohort assignments for FY 2019 accepted students

For those accepted in FY 2019, you will receive your cohort assignments later this summer to prepare and arrange your schedules to align with the new program requirements. Cohort size is limited to 25 participants.

Application period

The EFO application period will re-open in early January 2020 for placement in fiscal year 2021. Our fiscal year starts in October 2020. The revised application process will include new pre-requisite courses and a new application package.

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