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EFO Symposium Staff Ride

  • April 4, 2024 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM UTC
  • Gettysburg, PA

In partnership with the National Fire Academy, this Staff Ride is being offered and is limited to the first 45 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will need to arrive at the NFA campus in Emmitsburg no later than 8 AM on April 4th. Registrants can arrive as early as April 3rd, with on-campus lodging provided by the NFA, but food services will not be available on campus.  Those registering for this event will be notified in advance of their acceptance. 

A light breakfast, box lunch, and dinner, which will include a post-staff ride discussion, will be provided. To offset the cost of the meals, a fee of $65.00 will be due and collected the day of the staff ride, prior to the departure to Gettysburg.

By registering for this event with IAFC your registration information will be shared with the NETC Admissions Office to secure lodging on their campus prior to the conference.

The purpose of a staff ride is to enjoin participants in the pursuit of learning (critically) from an important historical event, in this case, the Battle of Gettysburg, with the intent of transferring lessons that have value both personally and professionally. This staff ride will examine three selected engagements of the Battle of Gettysburg with selected soldiers and staff who operated there, specifically studying and discussing their use of authority and the exercise of leadership. 

Chuck Burkell will facilitate this great event; Chuck Burkell brings a wealth of experience to the table with an impressive 33-year tenure in federal service at the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency/U.S. Fire Administration in Emmitsburg, Maryland. During his time as the chair of executive education programs, he played a pivotal role in overseeing crucial initiatives, including the internationally recognized Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), the executive education curriculum, the Harvard Fellowship Program, and the EFOP applied research project process.

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