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FRM Call for Abstracts

Fire-Rescue Med 2018 is calling for poster abstracts related to EMS research. Be a part of this exhibition and help bring awareness to key issues.

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30 Year Anniversary - 2018 EFOP Graduate Symposium

Your EFO Section has been working hard to bring the best minds to the 2018 EFOP Graduate Symposium, April 6-8. For its 30th anniversary, the following presenters have signed on. Save the date on your calendar and look for updates to come!

Keith Bryant

Tonya Hoover & Denis Onieal - The National Fire Academy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Jeff Dill - Saving Those Who Save Others

Joseph Finn

Jordan Petersen - Firefighter Mental Health Awareness

Allison McFarland & Scott Metzler - Leading the Multi-Generational Fire Service

Jason Brezler - Optimizing Human Performance at Fires and Emergencies

Register now for the EFOP Graduate Symposium and be a part of this important milestone!

All attendees will receive a new challenge coin commemorating the 30th anniversary of the EFO Program.

30th Anniversary Challenge Coin


Report from the Chair

Hello everyone! Just want to give you a brief update of what your Section Board has been up to the past few months. First off, Chief Hyde (Vice-Chair), Chief Barton (Secretary/Treasurer) and I met in Beverly Hills on November 15th to discuss the future and direction of our section.  We established a couple of objectives that we presented to the rest of the board on our monthly conference call and they passed unanimously. I will give everyone further details on the objectives once I hear back from the IAFC Board.

Starting in January the Directors-at-Large will be providing monthly updates on our conference calls, so if you have something going in your region/division, please reach out and let them know so that they can attend or possibly assist you in setting something up. Remember, they are there for you.

The NFA’s EFO Symposium is slated for April 6 – 7, 2018 (travel days 4/5 and 4/8). Registration for the Symposium opens in January. Information on presentations will be forthcoming so check our webpage or the NFA’s website.

As we approach Christmas and New Year’s please take a moment and keep our brothers and sisters and the victims of the hurricanes, active shooter scenes and the wild fires in your thoughts and prayers. For many of them, this holiday season will not be joyous.

On behalf of the entire EFO Board - Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Chief Jo-Ann Lorber

New Board Directors

Congratulations to Deputy Chief David Kerr (Plano, Texas) and Deputy Chief Trisha Wolford (Bozeman, Montana) on their appointment to the EFOS Board of Directors. Chief Kerr will be serving as the director-at-large for the Southwestern Division and Chief Wolford will serve as the director-at-large for the Western Division.

Report from the Chair

First, I’d like to thank three members of the EFO Board: Chief Pat Kelly, Chief Harold “Bud” Phillips and Chief Joe Fahd. We couldn’t have gotten this far without their support and dedication by serving on the board, first as the National Society of Executive Fire Officers and then as EFO Board members.

Second, I’d like to congratulate the new officers. I look forward to working with you the next two years.
•    Vice Chair: Chief William Hyde
•    Secretary/Treasurer: Chief Gregory Barton
•    Eastern Director-at-Large: Chief Charles McGarvey
•    Southeastern Director-at-Large: Chief Trey Mayo

It’s an honor to be selected as the chair of the EFO Section. As many of you know, I have been the secretary/treasurer for many years and helped with the move to become a section of the IAFC. I’m looking forward to moving this section to the next level, but can’t do it without your assistance.

 We’ll update our bylaws so they’ll be more in line with other section’s and the IAFC’s bylaws. Additionally, we’ll review the EFO Section Strategic Plan, documenting what we’ve accomplished in the last three years and formulating where we want to be in the future. I have a few ideas I’ll be discussing with the section’s executive board as to goals I’d like to have accomplished by spring, so be on the lookout for invitations from me or your other directors to assist us, especially if you have knowledge and experience in that topic.

My last issue is that we currently have two director-at-large positions open due to Chief Hyde moving up to vice chair and Chief Barton moving up to secretary/treasurer. We’re asking members form the Southwestern and Western Divisions to submit resumes if they’re interested in filling those positions. The people selected will finish the terms and then will have an opportunity to run for election when their terms are up. Please email your resumes to EFO Section Liaison Spencer Cheatham.

Thank you and be safe!
Chief Jo-Ann Lorber
EFO Section Chair


New Officers Sworn In at FRI

Your EFO Section had its annual meeting at FRI. In addition to swearing in new board members, the section recommitted to building on the success of this fast-growing organization. Be sure to put Fire-Rescue International 2018 on your schedule now.

Chief Tom Jenkins, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board, swears in new EFO Section Board Members

Chief Tom Jenkins, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board, swears in new EFO Section Board Members

Success at the 2017 EFO Graduate Symposium

The National Fire Academy, supported by your EFO Section, held another great EFO Graduate Symposium on April 21st through 23rd. Many thanks to the great speakers, everyone who made the event a success, and congratulations to the Don Manno Award winners.

 There were many great presentations this year and the EFO Section would like everyone to benefit from this educational opportunity, even if you could not be there.

2017 Presentations


2016 Don Manno Award for Applied Research Project Winners: (l to r) Christopher Bower, Brad Hardin, Gary Baum, and Alan Long.

2016 EFO Graduate Symposium Slides

Want to catch up on last year's presentations? Whether you were there in person or wish you had been, you can download those resources to view or share.

2016 Presentations

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The Executive Fire Officers Section used to be known as the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO). To ensure the sustainability and growth of the organization, NSEFO became a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2014.

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