Executive Leadership R0125

Note: Course syllabus is under review. Please check back for updates.
Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development
Training Specialist

Kevin Brame

Delivery type
10-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the graduate degree category, three semester hours in leadership or decision-making.

This capstone 10-day course of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO Program) was designed specifically to provide a framework of executive-level competencies by focusing primarily on issues and areas of personal effectiveness. The curriculum includes self- and observer-based multirater assessment instruments, case-study analysis, role-playing, and adaptive problem consult, experiential activities, and a staff ride. Participants complete a “personal plan” to access currency and then create goals in four areas of their professional, personal, community and family life.

Examples of course units include:

  • Purpose and integrity.
  • Decision-making and thinking systemically and politically.
  • Giving and using feedback and developing self to exercise leadership.
  • Politics and public policy.
  • Storytelling, influence and persuasion and negotiation.
  • An exercising leadership practicum.
  • Managing multiple roles, taking risks, being in transition, and staying alive.

Student also participate in a staff ride to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Acceptance into the EFO Program is required. Please refer to the selection criteria for the EFO Program.


  1. Successful completion of all prior EFO Program designated courses and Applied Research Projects.
  2. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements

An Applied Research Project is a required post-course activity.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
October 4, 2020 - December 19, 2020 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 5 - 16, 2020 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 9 - 20, 2020 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 3, 2021 - March 20, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 10, 2021 - March 27, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 10, 2021 - March 27, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 17, 2021 - April 3, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 17, 2021 - April 3, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 15 - 26, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 12 - 23, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 26, 2021 - May 7, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 21, 2021 - July 2, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 2 - 13, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 20, 2021 - October 1, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

Powerful course and course content that necessitates critical self-evaluation. I really enjoyed and valued both the work surrounding the Gettysburg staff ride and the ride itself. I have always heard great things about the staff ride from previous EFO grads. I have been looking forward to this trip since I entered the program.