Executive Fire Officer Program

The National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

As an EFOP student, you will enhance your professional development through a series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses taken over a four-year period. Each course is two weeks in length. You must complete an Applied Research Project (ARP) that relates to your organization within six months after the completion of each of the four courses.

Learn more about the EFOP

Selection criteria and how to apply
Applied Research Projects 2014 Outstanding Research Award papers

28th Annual EFOP Graduate Symposium

EFO graduates: our next symposium will take place Sept. 8-10, 2016 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Symposium registration is open

Symposium agenda

The NFA’s EFOP experience was exceptional! The opportunity to network with exemplary fire officers throughout the country, along with the cutting-edge curriculum prepared me for the challenges of being selected as Aurora’s new fire chief in 2007.

— Fire Chief Ray Michael Garcia, Aurora, Colorado Fire Department

EFOP Help Desk

800-238-3358, ext. 1176

The EFOP Help Desk voice mailbox may be used to leave messages concerning:

  • An Applied Research Project.
  • Application status questions.
  • Graduate certificates.
  • Graduate Symposium information.

Please leave your name, a telephone number where you can be reached, and a brief explanation of your need. Calls are returned in the order received between 3 - 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

You may also email a question to the Help Desk.

More information on the EFOP