The National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The EFOP curriculum and research framework examines how senior authority figures can exercise leadership when dealing with difficult, adaptive problems within their jurisdictions.
As an EFOP student, I gained knowledge and experience and professional connections that enhanced my professional development through a unique series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses taken over a four-year period. Each course is two weeks in length. Following each class, I completed an Applied Research Project (ARP) that related to my organization within six months after the completion of each of the four courses.
The following are the four ARPs that I completed as requirements to attain my Executive Fire Officer Program Certificate.
Year #1-Executive Development
Employee Turnover in the Chesterfield County Emergency Communications Center (PDF format, 79 pages)
Year #2-Strategic Management of Change
Analysis of the Change Readiness of Chesterfield Fire Department Officers (PDF format, 127 pages)
Year #3-Executive Analysis of Fire Department Operations in Emergency Management
Chesterfield Fire Department Response to Severe Storm Emergencies (Available through inter-library loan from the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at the National Fire Academy.
Year #4 – Executive Leadership
Succession Planning in Chesterfield Fire and Emergency Medical Services (PDF format, 110 pages)