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 are $25 annually. 

EFO Annual Meeting at #VirtualFRI 

Join the EFO Annual meeting on Friday August 21, 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET. 

The meeting will take place on the main #VirtualFRI Livestream platform. 

Register for #VirtualFRI using the event code FRI2020. 

Register for virtual fri

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


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

Uncontested Election & Meet the Incoming Directors

For this year's election, you won't receive a ballot from the EFO Section. There were no bylaws changes to vote on and for the three director seats open, each had one candidate. Congratulations to Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc (Canadian Division), Chief Chad Deardorff (Eastern Division), and Chief Trey Mayo (Southeastern Division) on their directorships. Chiefs Uzeloc and Mayo are currently in the position now. Chief Deardorff will assume his seat officially at FRI.

Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc has been a member of the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) for the past 30 years working though many ranks including firefighter, rescue specialist, hazmat specialist, hazmat officer, assistant deputy chief, deputy chief, and interim fire chief/director of emergency management. Chief Uzeloc currently oversees all regulated and compliance services as the Deputy Chief of Risk Management. Chief Uzeloc earned a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Services degree with distinction from Lakeland College, a Master’s certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University, and is a 2018 graduate from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Chief Uzeloc was conferred his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2012 from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). Chief Uzeloc is deeply committed to the betterment of the fire service and dedicated to continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Chief Uzeloc sits on the Diversity & Inclusion and Dangerous Goods, Infrastructure, & Industry Committees of the CAFC and represents CAFC on the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel.

Chief Uzeloc also volunteers in the community and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre for seven years with the last four as the Board Chair.

Chad Deardorff was appointed Fire Chief for the City of York (PA) on January 28, 2019.  Chief Deardorff began his career with the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services on March 6, 2995.  During his tenure at the YFD, he progressed through all ranks from firefighter to Deputy Fire Chief prior to becoming Chief in 2019.  In his current capacity, he is responsible for 65 career personnel manning four fire stations and approximately 60 volunteers. 

Chief Deardorff currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science graduating Magna Cum Laude and a Master of Business Administration/Public Administration (MBA/MPA), both from Columbia Southern University.  He is a firm believer in executive development and continues to promote this through his teaching of the Fire Officer curriculum and the push for his personnel to obtain the MFO and EFO designation.  Chief Deardorff believes in succession planning starting with the transition of firefighter to officer up through the fire chief position.  The culture of succession planning is often overlooked but with the proper education of the importance of succession planning from fellow Executive Officers I feel we can have a significant impact on changing this culture.

Chief Deardorff is a lifelong resident of York County and currently lives in the York, PA area with his wife, Jessica and his two children, Adam and Sophia. 

Trey Mayo has served as the fire chief of Winston-Salem, NC since January 2015. A third-generation firefighter, Mayo began his fire service career in 1989 as a volunteer in his hometown of Plymouth, NC. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he volunteered with both the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department and South Orange Rescue Squad in Carrboro, NC. In 1996, Mayo joined the City of Raleigh Fire Department and was named valedictorian of the 1996 Raleigh Fire Academy. During his 11-year tenure, Mayo rose to the rank of captain and was assigned to engine, ladder and rescue companies in south and east Raleigh. He was recognized with the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina's Emergency Services Award in 1999. In December 2006, Mayo returned to Carrboro Fire-Rescue as deputy fire chief and served three-and-a-half years. In June 2010, he was selected as the fire chief for Rocky Mount, NC, where he served until January 2015.

Mayo holds an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from Wilson Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has completed the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management certificate program at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. Mayo is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer and holds member status in the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Mayo is on the board of directors of the Piedmont Regional Trauma System. He is a member of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club, is a Paul Harris Fellow, and was the 2012 Rotarian of the Year as a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club. Formerly, he was on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties and served as the municipal fire representative for NC Domestic Preparedness Region 4.

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.


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Kaitlin Lutz
EFO Section Staff Liaison

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