Executive Fire Officers

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EFO Section updates

Vote in the EFO Section Election

This year the EFO Section has five seats open for the Board of Directors and proposes significant updating to its bylaws. Three seats, Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer are unopposed while the Directors-at-Large for both the Southeastern and Eastern Divisions are contested. Those running are:

  • For Section Chair (unopposed), Battalion Chief Jo-Ann Lorber, Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Fire Rescue
  • For Vice Chair (unopposed), Deputy Fire Chief William Hyde, Rogers (Arkansas) Fire Department
  • For Secretary/Treasurer (unopposed), Deputy Fire Chief Gregory Barton, Beverly Hills (California) Fire Department
  • For Eastern Division Director-at-Large, Fire Chief Joseph Fahd, Cohoes (New York) Fire Department
  • For Eastern Division Director-at-Large, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Allora, Clifton (New Jersey) Fire Department
  • For Eastern Division Director-at-Large, Chief Fire Officer Charles McGarvey, Lower Merion  (Pennsylvania) Fire Department
  • For Southeastern Division Director-at-Large, Fire Chief Trey Mayo, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Fire Department
  • For Southeastern Division Director-at-Large, Assistant Chief Timothy Mossgrove, Haines City (Florida) Fire Department

Candidate Bios & Platforms

In addition to electing officers, the section proposes revisions to its current bylaws by requiring members to serve two years on the Board of Directors before moving to the Executive Board; revising the process for amending bylaws; bringing the bylaws in line with the IAFC's; and making some editorial changes. Read through the proposed changes, outlined in red with the current version struckthrough, and be informed when it comes time to vote.

Proposed Bylaw Changes

The election runs from April 27 through June 8 and each section member will receive their own credentials to log into the online system to cast their vote. Be sure and make your voice heard. Know the candidates and the bylaw changes and exercise your membership to its fullest by voting.

2017 EFO Graduate Symposium

Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with old and new alumni while hearing the latest in fire service leadership for executive fire officers. In addition to the Don Manno Awards for applied research projects and the famous "Chuck Chats," the following presentations will be given:

  • Leadership in Crisis, by Col. Royal Mortenson
  • Leadership at Gettysburg, by Chief David Bunce
  • Use of Firefighter Injury and Safety Data, by Professor Jennifer Taylor
  • Leadership and Communication in the 21st Century, by Mike Rodgers
  • Fire Prevention in the UK, by Becky Booker
  • The Most Vexing Problems in the Fire Service Today, by Allen Cain and Karl Ristow
2015 ARP Award Winners
Last Year's Don Manno Award Winners (l to r: Battalion Chief Joshua Goyet, Battalion Chief Ronald Powers, Fire Chief Andrew Baxter. Not Pictured: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Patterson)

You do not need to be an EFO graduate to attend and be sure to pay attention to the new meal ticket procedures when registering.


2016 EFO Graduate Symposium Slides

Want to catch up on last year's presentations? Whether you were there in person or wish you had been, you can download those resources to view or share.

2016 Presentations

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EFO Section Dues - $25 annually

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Add a section to your membership package by calling the IAFC toll free at 866-385-9110 (ask for member services). You can be invoiced or pay over the phone with a credit card.

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

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Spencer Cheatham
EFO Section Staff Liaison

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The Executive Fire Officers Section used to be known as the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO). To ensure the sustainability and growth of the organization, NSEFO became a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2014.