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National Fire Academy Announces 2023 Executive Fire Officer (EFO) and Leadership Symposium!

The EFO Symposium Committee has prepared a fantastic two-day program with an amazing line-up of presenters. This year’s two-day symposium will have something for everyone.

Who can attend: The audience for this event is EFO alumni, EFO students, current and future fire and EMS leaders.


The event is offered free of charge. Bus transportation to be provided to and from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for those staying on campus (pick-up on Thursday evening with return transportation on Sunday morning (details when you register)). Lodging provided at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) free of charge. Those staying on campus will need to purchase a meal ticket.  Commuters will need to purchase a meal ticket for the meals they will have on campus and for breaks.

To register: 

Safety & Health: Under current NETC guidelines for health and safety, while COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged they are not required. All are welcomed to attend.

Presentations Scheduled Include:

Working Fire: Recruitment and Retention of Women Firefighters - Division Chief Heather Marques of the Alameda County Fire Department.

Remember, We All Rise When We Lift Others…Keys to Wellbeing and Building Resilience in Ourselves and Others - Dr. Michael Diller, Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, Director WellSpan Employee Assistance Program.

Character Based Leadership and How it Influences how we Lead - Director Kimberley Milani of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) and Jamie Rychard from the Burlington Fire Department (Ontario, Canada).

From the Laboratory to the Fireground: Leading the Change in Modern Fire Control Strategies—Dr. Dan Madrzykowski, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

Red Team Thinking: A Powerful Decision-Making Methodology First Developed by the Military and Intelligence Community - Bryce Hoffman and Jayson Coil.

Leadership Lessons From the Battle of Gettysburg - Dr. Michael McGough, D.Ed., Educator, Author and Leadership development speaker.

Orienting: Retooling the front seat rider’s brain to take deliberate action and resolve crises with intent. John B. Tippett Jr.  - Director of Fire Programs, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Leadership Lessons on Valentine’s Day – Charlie Dickinson, former Chief of the Pittsburgh Fire Department, and former Deputy United States Fire Administrator.

Much more......

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