Executive Fire Officer Program

The National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program 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 EFO Program 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 EFO Program

Curriculum
Selection criteria and how to apply
Applied Research Projects | 2017 Outstanding Research Award papers

The NFA’s EFO Program 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

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EFO Program Symposium: April 26-28, 2019

Hosted by the NFA and the EFO Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the program will include information sharing, education, networking and discussions about some of the strategic aspects of our profession. Outstanding research papers from each of the academic programs will be presented.

All EFO Program alumni are invited to attend. The symposium is also open to fire service executives and their colleagues in government management.

To register for the EFO Program Symposium (R0120), download FEMA Form 119-25-2, General Admissions Short Form Application. There is no travel stipend for the symposium and attendees staying on campus are required to buy a meal ticket. Priority for housing will be given to EFO Program alumni.

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EFO Program Help Desk

800-238-3358, ext. 1176
or
301-447-1176

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

  • An Applied Research Project.
  • 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 for EFO Program students