Executive Fire Officer Program (four-year program students)

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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

NETC Library resources

Registration is open

EFO Program Symposium: April 17-18, 2020

Register Limit 225 attendees; registration closes March 15.

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.


Organization presentations

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

Housing, travel and meals

On-campus housing is complimentary. You must buy your meal ticket and travel is not reimbursable. The symposium ends Saturday afternoon but if you are in campus housing, you may stay over on April 18 and check out Sunday morning.


Join us on Friday, April 17, for an off-campus social event in the evening at The Ott House Pub. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided by generous sponsors.

Silent auction

Keeping with the tradition, there will be a silent auction and raffles offsetting the costs of the symposium and donation to local charities. Please consider bringing an item or two to be included in the FUNraising. Previous items have included sports and department memorabilia, time at a vacation home, caps, t-shirts, memberships and conference registrations.

Challenge Coin Competition

The Challenge Coin Competition is a fun way to promote your department. Enter your coin as a contender for Best-in-Show. There will be a $10 entry fee per coin. All coins entering the competition will be auctioned. Winning bidders must complete transactions at the conclusion of the auction by cash, check or credit/debit card.

Thanks to the generosity of attendee donors and bidders, more than $10,000 has been raised to support the symposium's budget.

Symposium questions?

Please contact John Carnegis at 301-447-1072.

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