What’s in a name? For the IAFC, EFO Section, it’s a lot!

Published: 2/26/2020
Author: Chief Bruce Kroon

Did you know? You do not have to be an EFO graduate in order to belong to the IAFC Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Section. In fact, the title “EFO” has caused enough confusion amongst the general membership that we are in the process of officially changing the title of the Section to “Executive Leadership” or “EL”. Membership in the EFO Section is open to all IAFC members. The EFO Sections’ purpose is to foster development and networking opportunities for all members of the IAFC. We encourage our members to continue to pursue opportunities to become actively engaged in the section. 

The EFO (soon-to-be-EL) Section strives to provide an opportunity of inclusivity to all members of the IAFC, regardless of an individual’s achievements to date. The EFO Section was incorporated into the IAFC roster of Sections in order to provide resources, guidance, and a network to current and aspiring executive officers. The 2019 publication You’re the Fire Chief, Now What? is one example of how we strive to provide a wide access to a variety of knowledge and opportunities for professional growth for aspiring and accomplished executives. Members who have already achieved executive level responsibilities contribute to the EFO Section through their continuous involvement and professional contributions.

The big question: How can we be of better service to you? 
We are here to help you reach your professional potential and would like to hear from you as to how the EFO Section can assist you in that endeavor. The EFO Section Board of Directors is comprised of a member elected to represent each of the IAFC Divisions. As your Western Division Director, I welcome any input or suggestions you might have as to how we can make this Section work harder for you and your career goals. Additionally, we have a Board position that is dedicated to working directly with the National Fire Academy on items that are of mutual interest to the IAFC and the NFA. 

I encourage you to reach out to your EFO Section Board. The members and areas they represent are:

*  Chief Charles McGarvey, Eastern
*  Chief Chad Roberson, Southwestern
*  Open position, New England
*  Chief Joe Pulvermacher, Great Lakes
*  Chief David Daley, Missouri Valley
*  Chief Trey Mayo, Southeastern
*  Chief Bruce Kroon, Western
*  Chief Trisha Wolford, NFA Liaison

If you have considered becoming a member of the EFO Section, I encourage you to do so today. 

Bruce Kroon, EFO, CFO, is the Fire Chief for the Bothell (WA) Fire Department. He serves as the Western Division Director of the IAFC, Executive Fire Officers Section. He’s been a member of the IAFC since 2012.

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