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."

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 

EFO Section Merchandise

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 Annual Meeting at #VirtualFRI

Did you miss the EFO annual meeting? You can now watch what happened at #VirtualFRI.

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Report from the Chair

Hello everyone! As I look back at my last report that I sent out in January I welcomed the year 2020, as I'm sure many did as well. Never in my mind did I think that I would live and work in a pandemic such as COVID-19. I hope and pray that each and every one of you is doing well and following through on all the CDC guidelines, governor's orders, county and local government orders. This indeed has been an eye-opening event for all executive leaders and those that aspire to be one. We need to stay positive and work together to get through this crisis.

As I mentioned earlier this year, we re-evaluated our strategic directive, updated our bylaws and proposed to change the section's name to the Executive Leadership Section and it was to go out for a vote on the upcoming ballot. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the IAFC's board meeting in March due to COVID-19 and was unable to answer questions that the board had. Our bylaws, strategic directive and name change have been tabled until a later date. I will keep everyone updated as we move forward. I'm hopeful that 2021 will be our year.

Since our elections were uncontested, I would like to congratulate the following incoming directors:

  • Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc, Calgary (AB) Fire Department - representing the Canadian Division
  • Chief Chad Deardorff, City of York (PA) - representing the Eastern Division
  • Chief William "Trey" Mayo, City of Winston-Salem (NC) - representing the Southeastern Division
  • Chief Anthony Stowers, Maynard (MA) Fire Department - replacing Chief Steve Achilles from the New England Division

The NFA/EFO Symposium Committee will be "Zooming" next month to discuss the 2021 EFO Symposium. As many of you aware, John Carnegis, NFA/EFO Program Chair, retired last month and the NFA will be posting his position shortly. If anyone has any ideas for speakers, please submit your ideas to our liaison, Kaitlin Lutz.

On another note, we just received our order of challenge coins. If you are on the waitlist, Kaitlin will be reaching out to you.

Until next time, stay safe!
Chair Jo-Ann Lorber

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.

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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.


Contact Us

Kaitlin Lutz
EFO Section Staff Liaison

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