Officer Development Program (ODP)

Leadership training for all ranks.

The IAFC's Officer Development Program (ODP) prepares officers at various levels for future career advancement while giving them the leadership skills to excel in their current position.

The program is designed to meet the job performance requirements (JPRs) outlined in NFPA 1021 and follows leadership standards published by the IAFC in the Officer Development Handbook. Check out the learning objectives for each level of the Officer Development Program below.

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Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS)

Gain the leadership and management skills to excel in your current position while preparing for future career advancement with a perfect combination of what company officers need and what chief officers expect of you. COLS is a three-level program designed to meet the specific management and training needs of company officers based on their roles and responsibilities.

Chief Officer Leadership (CHIEF)

Increase your skill set as a chief officer and learn new strategies and material to ready yourself for advancement. CHIEF is a two-level program, one for those new to the role and the other for more veteran officers. Discover topics such as community risk reduction, HR, operations and health and safety. 

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Executive Chief Officer Leadership (ECO)

Take advantage of valuable insights from experienced presenters, focused on your advanced development at the executive level. ECO is a two-level program, intended for both aspiring and current chiefs. The courses focuses on community marketing, research and data, mutual aid and mergers.

Related: Learn more about the Executive Fire Officers Section

ODP Policies for Credit and Transcripts

ODP attendees must attend all sessions/days of the program in order to receive credit. Attendees cannot pick-and-choose between different levels of the program, nor can you complete part of the program one year at one location and finish it at a later date or location.

For example, if you register as ODP-CHIEF II, you must attend all CHIEF II sessions including daily briefings, the general session, and dedicated expo time.

FRI attendees have the opportunity to print transcripts and certificates onsite. Attendees will also be able to print certificates/transcripts from after FRI.

It's the attendee's responsibility to obtain his/her transcript and ensure it is accurate.