Executive Fire Officer Program

The National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

As an EFO Program student, you will enhance your professional development through a series of four upper-division-baccalaureate and graduate-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.

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Selection criteria and how to apply
Applied Research Projects (ARP) 2016 Outstanding Research Award papers

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 ARP.
  • Application status questions.
  • 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.

Recommended reading for fire service leaders

EFO Program Executive Development (R0123) students recommend these titles for your professional leadership development reading list or personal library.

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Featured titles for January

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