Executive Fire Officers


The Executive Fire Officers (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!

The EFO Section exists for: "Identifying, producing and encouraging industry-wide and governmental acceptance of executive fire officer development program, certifications, and standards."

EFO Strategic Directive 2020-2025

Join EFO

If you are 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 members: Join the IAFC and add the EFO section to your membership package.
  • Section dues: $25 year

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EFOP Graduates

Questions? Contact us at EFO@iafc.org

EFOP Students

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

EFO Webinars

EFO Executive Leadership Webinar, Part 1: Preparation and Application

Join the EFO Section Great Lakes Director Chief Joe Pulvermacher and Dr. Denis Onieal for part one of a two part series that explores Executive Leadership.

Watch the Webinar

EFO Executive Leadership Webinar, Part 2: Succession Planning, Mentoring and Organization Progression

Join the EFO Section Great Lakes Director Chief Joe Pulvermacher and Dr. Denis Onieal for part two of a series that explores Executive Leadership.

watch the webinar

Latest from the EFO Section

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.


  • May 1, 2019
    How do new chiefs prepare for what happens after they're appointed? Like new parents, do they ask themselves, “Am I ready? Am I the right person for the job?” Remember, you are not alone. read more
  • 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

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EFO Section Staff Liaison
Kaitlin Lutz

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