Executive Fire Officers

The EFO Section provides value to ALL IAFC members considering executive development. The recognition of and need for executive development is NOT limited to National Fire Academy EFO graduates. The EFO Section identifies and promotes best practices for succession planning and executive officer education. Are you a chief officer? Do you want to be a chief officer? If so, the IAFC EFO Section is intended for you!


Canadian Directors Sought in Addition to Eastern and Southeastern Directors

Elections are quickly approaching, and there are three seats up for re-election this year: the Canadian, the Eastern and Southeastern directorships. For the first time, the EFO Section is welcoming their Canadian members to seek a place on the board of directors. We are looking for motivated members who would like to move the section forward and advance executive leadership in the fire service. Eligible candidates are required to be non-retired chief officers who are active in the mission and vision of the section and you must be a member of the division you wish to represent. If you are interested in such a challenge, please email our liaison, Spencer Cheatham, with the following information: 

  • Name and office sought (Canadian, Eastern, or Southeastern Director)
  • Employer and position within the organization
  • If applicable, supervisor's written authorization to serve in the position being sought
  • Disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, including private contractual or consulting relationships
  • A 300-word maximum biography/platform 

 Candidates must submit this information by March 15.



Report From The Chair

I know I'm a little late, but I hope that everyone had a good holiday season and hello to the year 2020. With the new year upon us, the executive board has some new goals and objectives to put forth. First, the executive board met this month to re-evaluate our Strategic Directive that was completed in 2018 and reviewed our bylaws to ensure they were up-to-date.  

As we were re-evaluating our strategic directive, we realized that we have evolved tremendously from when we first became a section back in May 2014. The evolution from the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO) to the Executive Fire Officers Section was a huge step for us, especially becoming a section of the IAFC. Now that we are in our sixth year as a section, we believe that it is now time to broaden our horizons and evolve to a section that is more inclusive to our members. We are proposing to change the section' name, via a bylaws amendment, to the Executive Leadership Section. I know that many of you will be concerned that we removed "fire" out of our name, but we need to be realistic. We now do more than fight fires. Many of our leaders are in EMS, emergency management, financial management, etc. Why not include them in our section? Our new strategic directive embraces our new name and our new vision – The pursuit of the ultimate executive leader. Once it is finalized and we get our new logo, we will be sending out the new strategic directive for everyone to view. Additionally, the bylaws have been updated and will be sent to the IAFC's Constitution, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee for review and then out to the membership for a vote.  
Speaking of voting, elections will be coming up this year for our Eastern Director and Southeastern Director. Information on qualifications for these positions will be coming out shortly. Furthermore, our New England Director has to step down from his current position. We are looking for someone that would be interested in filling this role until this position's election in 2021. Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to our liaison, Spencer Cheatham.    
As part of our strategic directive to Lead, we are interested in knowing if our members belong to any local, state, regional, or national organizations and if you hold a leadership position. In this email, there is a survey asking for your input. Once we receive the results, we will send it out to everyone so that you are aware of everything that we are involved in. It will be a short survey that will take less than five minutes to complete, so please respond by February 5.  
Finally, registration for the NFA's EFO Symposium is open. The application process is only on-line, so no need to print it out and submit via mail. The dates for the Symposium are April 17 – 18, 2020. Travel days are April 16 and April 19, 2020. Please check out the website for further details.  
Until next time, be safe!


You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs

This document was developed by the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), in partnership with the Executive Fire Officers (EFO) Section of the IAFC, to provide guidance for a new or interim chief’s first 100 days. This new report lays out the key things a new or interim chief needs to know and be thinking about on the first day, during the first week, during the first month, and during months two through six. It also provides advice and warnings for a new or interim chief to help them avoid common mistakes.

VCOS and EFO strongly encourage you to download and add this crucial guidance to your toolkit and the toolkits of the future leaders of your organization.




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EFOP Graduates

  • Order EFO-EFOP graduate diploma, department graduate plaques and framed code of ethics
  • Order EFO apparel. You must be an NFA-EFO Program graduate to do so.
  • If you are an EFO graduate and a member of the EFO Section who would like an EFO uniform pin, please send an email to efo@iafc.org.
  • The EFO Section is currrently in the process of developing a new challenge coin for NFA-EFO Program graduates. If you are interested in purchasing one when they become available, please send an email to efo@iafc.org.

EFOP Students

Please use this online form to send your applied research project survey request. Questions? EFO@iafc.org

Contact Us

Spencer Cheatham
EFO Section Staff Liaison

The Executive Fire Officers (EFO) Section exists for: "Identifying, producing, and encouraging industry-wide and governmental acceptance of executive fire officer development programs, certifications, and standards.

If you're interested in joining the EFO section:

  • IAFC members: Call the IAFC member services toll free at 866-385-9110 (You can be invoiced or pay over the phone with a credit card)
  • Non-IAFC membersJoin the IAFC and add the EFO section to your membership package.

Section dues are $25 annually.

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