Executive Fire Officer Program
The Executive Fire Officer Program application period is closed.
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.
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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:
- 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.
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 EFO Help Desk for more information on the EFO Program.