Executive Fire Officer Program

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The Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program is the flagship program of the National Fire Academy (NFA). It provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency medical services (EMS) administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

The application period for fiscal year 2021 is open now through April 15, 2020.

EFO Program updates


Check this page monthly for updates. You can also subscribe to the EFO Program email list to receive update alerts.

Highlights of the new EFO Program

Recent changes to the EFO Program have resulted in an accelerated learning experience for students. By offering residential courses and blended online learning from home or work, the NFA shortened the program from four years to 24 months. The concentrated time frame allows for working senior fire officers to commit to the program.

Other changes to the EFO Program include:

Impact on current EFO students

Students accepted in 2019

Students who took Executive Development classes in 2019 are now enrolled in the new EFO Program. With the new program's accelerated learning experience, these students will not see a delay in their graduation dates.

Students accepted prior to 2019

These students will remain in the original four-year curriculum. The last Executive Leadership class will be held in 2021.

For more information

Contact the NFA's John Carnegis at 301-447-1072 for more information on the EFO Program.