28th Executive Fire Officer Symposium agenda: Sept. 8-10, 2016

Symposium registration is open with housing available on a first-come/first-served basis.

The Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) Graduate Symposium is the official alumni weekend for the EFOP, providing an opportunity for over 3,500 alumni to return home to the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland to network, learn, exchange information, and reinforce the knowledge, skills and abilities that are critical to Executive Fire Officers. This year’s Symposium will focus on managing innovation and change.

Adobe Connect session: What’s our Fire Service Mass Media Message for the 21st Century?

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) is pleased to offer you virtual access to the EFOP Graduate Symposium presentation “What’s our Fire Service Mass Media Message for the 21st Century?” via Adobe Connect. Access is free and you do not need to register. Here’s how to participate:

  1. Two weeks prior to the start of the symposium, test your connection. We recommend using the Internet Explorer browser. Test your connection again the day before the presentation; this is especially important if you have installed or updated software.
  2. On the day of the presentation — Sept. 9 — select the presentation link.
  3. Sign in as a guest using your first and last name.
  4. Call the conference number 800-320-4330 and use the PIN 929837.
  5. Please remember to mute your phone and computer microphone so as not to disturb other attendees.

Adobe Connect help

Adobe Connect app for mobile devices

Virtual Meeting Help Desk (Sept. 9 from 7:00 a.m. – Noon): 301-447-1126 or send us an email

Sept. 8

Time (EDT)Presentation/EventPresenter
7:30 – 9 a.m.Registration 
8 – 8:10 a.m.Introduction and administrative remarksTrey Mayo
8:10 – 8:20 a.m.NFA welcomeDr. Kirby Kiefer
8:20 – 8:50 a.m.USFA welcome and updateErnest Mitchell, Jr., U.S. Fire Administrator
8:50 – 9:10 a.m.Applied Research Project / Manno AwardsPatrick Kelly
JoAnn Lorber
Trey Mayo
Dr. Kirby Kiefer
9:10 – 9:30 a.m.Break 
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.2015 graduate recognitionJohn Carnegis
Trey Mayo
Dr. Kirby Kiefer
10:45 a.m. – NoonOfficer Down: Active Shooter / Mass Casualty Incident Response LeadershipTami Kayea
Noon – 1:30 p.m.Lunch 
1:30 – 3 p.m.Change in CharlestonDr. David Griffin
3 – 3:30 p.m.Break 
3:30 – 3:50 p.m.Applied Research Project: Determining If Company Officers Produce More Accurate and Consistent NFIRS ReportsJosh Goyet
3:50 – 4:10 p.m.Chuck Chat #1: It’s Time to Get Serious About EthicsScott Walker
4:10 – 4:30 p.m.Applied Research Project: Cancer Rates in Children of Kitsap County FirefightersRonald Powers
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.Executive Fire Officer report
Educational Development/Leadership
Community Risk Reduction
Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management
John Carnegis
Kevin Brame
Mary Marchone
Bob Bennett
5:15 – 5:20 p.m.Administrative remarks 
5:20 – 6 p.m.Dinner on your own 
6 p.m.Off-campus event 

Sept. 9

Time (EDT)Presentation/EventPresenter
7:30 – 9 a.m.Registration 
8 – 8:05 a.m.Administrative remarksTrey Mayo
8:05 – 8:20 a.m.Executive Fire Officer section reportPatrick Kelly
8:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.What’s Our Fire Service Mass Media Message for the 21st Century? Adobe Connect simulcast 800-320-4330 PIN: 929837Lorraine Carli
Dr. Burton Clark
Mike Fronimos
Billy Hayes
Anne Nelson
Dave Statter
12:15 – 1:35 p.m.Lunch 
1:35 – 1:50 p.m.Executive Fire Officer JourneyChuck Burkell
1:50 – 2:10 p.m.Applied Research Project: Developing a Responder Resilience Program for the Henrico County Division of FireAndrew Baxter
2:10 – 2:30 p.m.Chuck Chat #2: Legal Lessons Learned – Defending Chief Officers and Conducting Internal InvestigationsLawrence Bennett
2:30 – 2:50 p.m.Chuck Chat #3: Factors Which Influence the Pursuit of Higher Education in the Fire ServiceDr. Bob Ditch
2:50 – 3:20 p.m.Break 
3:20 – 4:30 p.m.Taking Community Risk Reduction to the StreetsTom Jenkins
4:30 – 4:50 p.m.Chuck Chat #4: Using Critical Thinking to Win Friends and Influence EnemiesRommie Duckworth
4:50-4:55 p.m.Administrative remarks 
6 p.m.Social hour and barbecue at the Log Cabin 

Sept. 10

Time (EDT)Presentation/EventPresenter
7:30 – 9 a.m.Registration 
8 – 8:05 a.m.Administrative remarksTrey Mayo
8:05 – 8:25 a.m.Chuck Chat #5: Post Traumatic Stress DisorderW.A. Hogsten
8:25 – 9:55 a.m.Thirteen Executive Leadership Principles Addressing the Unique Leadership Challenges with Large OrganizationsRoyal Mortenson
9:55 – 10:10 a.m.Break 
10:10 – 10:30 a.m.Chuck Chat #6: The Victory CycleMichael Annese
10:30 a.m. – NoonBig Events Planning: The Pope’s VisitCharles McGarvey
Noon – 12:05 p.m.Closing remarks