Executive Fire Officers

Interested in becoming an executive fire officer?
Learn about the EFO Program

April Brings Symposium

On April 26-28, the National Fire Academy, supported by your EFO Section, brings the Executive Fire Officer Symposium. Join us for two days of education and networking.

This year’s presenters include: 

  • Chief David Emanuel 

  • Chief Deryn Rizzi 

  • Chief Laurie Vandeschoot 

  • Chief John Butler 

  • Colonel Leonard Wong 

  • County Executive Bryan Hill 

  • Dr. Sarah Jahnke


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EFO Elections

Check here for all the updates on the EFO elections. This year two seats are in contention: the Great Lakes and Western directors. Soon the candidates and their bios will be available to view on this page.

In addition to those seats, several amendments to the EFO Section bylaws were submitted by section leaders via the Bylaws Committee. In summary, the changes:

  • added a director seat for a member from the Canadian Division
  • added an “at-large” member to the section board to be elected by the board
  • removed “or retired chief officer” from the officer qualifications provision
  • added a provision that to be eligible to run for section chair a member must have served at least one year on the section board
  • clarified the section election process to comply with IAFC policies and procedures
  • clarified the terms of executive committee members
  • clarified how an International Director, if applicable, is selected

The IAFC Constitution and Bylaws Committee have recommended approval of these amendments. Be prepared to vote yes or no by clicking here to review the tracked changes to the bylaws. 

EFO Strategic Plan Approved

The IAFC Board of Directors approved the EFO Section's Strategic Plan. Take a look at what it entails and see how you can get involved to make it come to fruition.

2018-2020 EFOS Strategic Plan


Latest from the EFO Section

  • March 12, 2019
    For a program to remain relevant for decades, it must evolve. The EFOP is currently undergoing one of its most significant evolutions since its creation. read more
  • February 15, 2019
    A positive partnership between labor and management is critical and necessary aspect of leading a fire department. How do we ensure that labor and management develop and maintain a positive partnership? read more
  • January 30, 2019
    Effective communication helps us to understand a person or situation and enables us to resolve differences, build trust and respect and create environments where creative ideas, problem solving, affection and caring can flourish. read more
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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.