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Officer Development Program

The IAFC's Officer Development Program (ODP) was designed to prepare officers at various levels for future career advancement while giving them the leadership skills to excel in their current position.

The program was designed to be meet the necessary Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) as outlined in NFPA 1021 and follows leadership standards published in the Officer Development Handbook.

Executive Chief Officer Leadership Symposium- Level II (ECO II)

The Executive Chief Officer Leadership Symposium is made up of two levels preparing chief officers looking to move into the role of fire chief in the future. The courses in this program focus on marketing within your community, research and data, mutual aid, and consolidation and mergers. Attendees get the opportunity to learn from business executives and successful chiefs who share valuable insight about how to excel as a leader at the highest level.

  • Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS)

    Sponsored by American Military University (AMU)

    The Company Officer Leadership Symposium was designed based on valuable feedback that today's company officers needed specific leadership training geared toward their department responsibilities. This comprehensive program has set learning objectives, many of which meet the JPRs as outlined in NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer 1 and II) and the IAFC Self-Development Dimensions. 

    COLS I- Learning Objectives
    COLS II- Learning Objectives
    COLS III- Learning Objectives

  • Chief Officer Leadership Symposium (CHIEF)

    The Chief Officer Leadership Symposium program consists of two levels, one for those new to the role and the other for more veteran officers. Attendees learn from instructors with years of fire and emergency service and life experience in areas such as community risk reduction, human resources, operations, and health and safety. CHIEF learning objectives support JPRs outlined in NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer III and IV) and the IAFC Self-Development Dimensions.

    Chief I- Learning Objectives
    Chief II- Learning Objectives



A Fresh Perspective in the Fire Service

The FRI conference was amazing. I took away several teaching points for our crews and saw a fresh perspective of the fire service. Although we are steeped in tradition it is refreshing to see so many departments making changes. I look forward to attending this conference again.

– Robert Beam, Paramedic/Firefighter/Acting Captain, Arlington (WA) Fire