Executive Fire Officers

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

EFO Elections

2019 is an exciting year for your EFO Section. Numerous board of directors seats are up for election including all of the positions on the executive committee. Are you interested in one of these positions?

Executive Committee Seats:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary/Treasurer


  • Two years on the EFO Section Board of Directors
  • A non-retired chief officer

Board of Directors Seats:

  • Great Lakes Divisional Member
  • Western Divisional Member


  • A chief officer who is non-retired or who is retired but active in the EFO Section
  • A member of the IAFC Division you intend to represent

If you are interested in running for any of these offices, please email  EFO Section Liaison, Spencer Cheatham (scheatham@iafc.org) by February 28 with the following:

  • Name and office sought
  • Employer and position within the organization
  • Disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest, including private contractual or consulting relationships
  • A biography/platform less than 300 words
  • If applicable, your supervisor's written authorization to serve in the position sought


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: 

  • Chiefs David Emanuel 

  • Deryn Rizzi 

  • Laurie Vandeschoot 

  • John Butler 

  • Colonel Leonard Wong 

  • Bryan Hill 

  • Dr. Sarah Jahnke


Learn More



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

  • 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
  • January 18, 2019
    Scene safety involves more than following rules; it’s asking the right questions and making the right decisions. Asking if a scene is safe is not a realistic approach; scenes are inherently not safe. We must ask how we can make the scene safer. read more
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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.