Thank you for your interest in the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program. As an EFO Program student, you will enhance your professional development through a unique 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.
Selection criteria and application information for the EFO Program follows. For more information, call the EFO Program Help Desk at 800-238-3358, ext. 1176 or send us an email.
The Executive Fire Officer Program experience has been one of the most rewarding of my fire service career ... the development and growth opportunity assisted me in moving through the fire department ranks. In researching fire service issues, I was able to propose best practices for our department, adopting and building upon the body of research for our future fire service.— Fire Chief Steve Cover, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Fire Department
Selection criteria for the EFO Program is divided between two areas:
At the time of application, you must be in a rank/position that complies with one of the following:
If you are not in one of these positions, but serve in a supervisory level position (e.g. Battalion Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, etc.) and aspire to a more senior position of authority, we will consider you under the service requirement if you can demonstrate having previously exercised leadership within your organization. This audience category is referred to as “Key Leading Candidates.”
Firefighters, Firefighter Paramedics, Engineers, Drivers or Chauffeurs are not considered as eligible.
The EFO Program selection process regarding the academic pre-requisite features a two-tiered transcript-based evaluation process.
If you have a degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, but don’t meet the 30/30/60 credit hours distribution described under Tier 1, you will be categorized as “Tier 2”. Tier 2 applicants will compete for the remaining vacancies after all Tier 1 applicants have been admitted.
National Fire Academy staff may consider additional changes in required documentation necessary to facilitate this modified selection process. For example: if details in the official transcript include the number of credits by examination and life experience, additional documents may not be required.
Other selection criteria (e.g., rank, position, responsibilities, etc.) as previously described within Service Requirement remain in practice. The National Fire Academy will provide a review of the selection process and relevant criteria to the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors at the end of each year.
Qualified applicants may submit an application package at any time during the year. However, there is a cutoff date of June 15 for each fiscal year (October – September). Applications postmarked after June 15 will be held for consideration in the next fiscal year.
For example, applications received:
Are considered for fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2019) program admission.
Are considered for fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020) program admission.
Application packages require the following items:
Please allow until mid-August for NFA staff to evaluate your application package. We will notify you in writing if your are or are not accepted into the EFO Program.