Executive Fire Officer Program
Significant changes are coming to the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, the flagship program of the National Fire Academy (NFA). The EFO Program 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.
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Changes to the EFO Program, which take effect in early 2020, will result in an accelerated learning experience for students. By offering residential courses and blended online learning from home or work, the NFA will shorten 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:
- Two stipend trips per year to the NFA.
- Cohort learning that allows for groups of students to take EFO classes together.
- Completion of a graduate-level thesis as opposed to four Applied Research Projects. The thesis is presented and defended at the last residential course session.
Impacts on current EFO students
First year students
Accepted first-year students scheduled for Executive Development classes in 2019 will enter the new EFO Program in early 2020. With the new program's accelerated learning experience, these students will not see a delay in their graduation dates.
We'll post information for prospective and first-year students about the new EFO Program — including selection criteria, how to apply, curriculum and thesis requirements — soon. Subscribe to the EFO email list for the latest updates.
Second, third and fourth year students
These students will remain in the original curriculum. The last Executive Leadership class will be held in 2021.
Input for program improvements was provided by many of the NFA's stakeholders, including:
- NFA Board of Visitors.
- International Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Fire Officer Section.
- International City Managers Association.
- National Association of Counties.
- NFA Alumni Association.
- Current and past students.
For more information
Contact the NFA's John Carnegis at 301-447-1072 for more information on the upcoming changes to the EFO Program.