Executive Fire Officer Program: Current students (four-year program)

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As an EFO Program student, you are enhancing 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.

About the EFO Program

Applied Research Projects and Outstanding Research Award papers
Selection criteria

Save the date

EFO Program Symposium: April 17-19, 2020

Registration opens on Jan. 2 (course code R0120)

Presenters and applicants without an active fire/EMS department affiliation: insert “John Carnegis, john.carnegis@fema.dhs.gov” into the “Agency Head/Chief of Department” and “Email” fields of the application.

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.

This year's keynote speaker is Philadelphia Fire Department Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. Commissioner Thiel will be joined by retired San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Randall Slaughter.


  • Chief Rich Elliott, Wildland Urban Interface Challenge for Leaders.
  • Dr. Jake Mazulewicz, Human Performance for Leaders.
  • Dr. Sabrina Ricks, Creating a Healthy and Thriving Organization Based Upon Leadership Practices.
  • Ali Rothrock, Where Hope Lives.

Organization presentations

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
  • U.S. Fire Administration.
  • U.S. Secret Service.

NEW at this year's symposium: Day 2 breakout sessions.


Please contact John Carnegis at 301-447-1072.

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

EFO Program Help Desk

800-238-3358, ext. 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