Voting for EFO election begins May 25, 2022 for the Western Director.
The Great Lakes Director position was uncontested.
The elected director will serve a three (3) year term beginning at FRI 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
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Meet the 2022 EFO Western Director Candidates
Candidates appear in alphabetical order by last name.
Charlie Butterfield, Meridian (Idaho) Fire Department
Deputy Chief of Operations
I currently serve as the Deputy Chief of Operations at the Meridian Fire Department in Meridian, Idaho. I bring 25 years of fire service experience to this role which includes holding the ranks of firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, assistant chief, division chief, deputy chief and interim fire chief. I have held a position of a chief fire officer for the last nine years. My pursuit of higher education includes an associate’s degree in fire service technology (College of Southern Idaho), a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency services administration (Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in education and human resource studies (Colorado State University). I serve as an adjunct faculty professor for Idaho State University’s Fire Service Administration Program. I hold the certifications of Pro-Board fire officer II, completion of the executive fire officer program at the NFA and the designation of chief fire officer (CFO) by CPSE.
As a graduate of the executive fire officer program (EFO), I consider myself an advocate of the tenets of the EFO program. I believe that it is imperative that graduates of the EFO program continue to support the efforts of future attendees to the EFO program. With the ever-changing demands of executive fire officers, remaining engaged and continually evaluating, updating, reviewing and analyzing needs for future executive fire officers is what I will bring to the board of the EFO Section. I have demonstrated my commitment to the vision of the EFO Section through my own actions of pursuing higher education, on-the-job experience and nationally, regionally and locally credentials. I will continue to support these efforts for future leaders in the fire service by engaging in the work that needs to be accomplished to bring their achievements to fruition and fulfill the role of an executive fire officer.
Daniel Jager, Capital City (Alaska) Fire Rescue
Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal
I am seeking your vote to represent you as a Western Division Member on the EFO Board of Directors. I am an EFO graduate (2012), and strongly believe that formal education and training are crucial and necessary components to fire service succession planning at all levels. I have earned my BS degree in Fire Administration thought Columbia Southern University. I understand the challenges with earning higher education while being a full time employee and raising a family. Being a participant in the EFO program at the NFA was an incredible opportunity professionally to learn from the instructors and curriculum but to also network and personally form long lasting relationships with peers across the nation.
I currently serve as Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal for Capital City Fire Rescue in Juneau, Alaska. I have earned dual designations as Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. I am active with the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association, and serve as board member to the Alaska Municipal League and Alaska Association of Fire & Arson Investigators.
During my 31 years in the fire service, I have seen a progression for fire service leadership needing higher education in addition to professional credentials and time in service. The expectations from government leaders is requiring future fire service leaders to obtain formal higher education for improving critical thinking and analysis in an ever-changing environment. I strongly believe we need to search for ways to help leaders gain the desired education and training necessary to be successful in safely leading our personnel and protecting our communities.
Robert Jarvis, Whetstone (Arizona) Fire District
Chief Jarvis has 36 years of experience as a firefighter and fire officer, as well as 34 years as a paramedic. He currently serves as the fire chief of Whetstone (Arizona) Fire District. Prior to serving Whetstone Fire Chief Jarvis served both Coolidge and Christopher Kohl’s Fire as fire chief.
Chief Jarvis earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and his associate’s degree from Pima Community College with an emphasis on paramedic. He completed the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. In the past Chief Jarvis was president of the Pinal County Fire Chief’s Association, regional representative for the Arizona Fire District Association, a member of the AZ Department of Health Services, Protocol, Medication, and Devices Committee.
Chief Jarvis is active in the community currently active with the Lions Club. In the past he was a member of the Southern AZ Rescue Association (volunteer search & rescue), founding member of Southwest Rescue Dogs (K9 S&R), development team for the Artisan Village of Coolidge, and board member of the Coolidge Performing Arts Center Foundation. Chief Jarvis enjoys spending time with his wife Mary, and hunting with family. Other hobbies include amateur radio, photography, and competitive shooting.
Serving on the Executive Fire Officer Section my goal is to better develop young officers to be better prepared to serve in the executive role. All too often there is a gap between company officers and the executive officers and we miss that opportunity to train, educate, and serve these future stars by leading them. Once they enter our ranks as executive officers it’s too late we have let them down. I will defend the NFA EFO program as being great for developing leaders but it still leaves gaps in the area of being political, budgeting and accounting to name the obvious gaps. I look forward to helping in the development of future leaders by developing standards and pathways.