LAFD Deputy Chief And Fire Marshal Complete National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program

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LAFD Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey

LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald


Please join the Los Alamos Fire Department in congratulating Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and Division Chief-Fire Marshal Wendy Servey on their graduation from National Fire Academy (NFA) and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO). NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program is a 4-year program that provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities. 

Students in the EFO Program pursue a path of professional development spanning over four years, taking one course per year. Each course is two weeks in duration and is the equivalent of an upper division baccalaureate or graduate level. EFO Program courses consist of the following:

  • Year one focuses on Executive Development and is designed to assist fire service personnel in developing effective management and leadership skills as they make the transition from manager to senior executive. 
  • Year two’s focus is Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction which is designed to help students to become a community risk-reduction leader. Students build a demographic and risk profile of their home community and examine social, cultural, economic and environmental trends that impact community risk. 
  • Year three emphasizes Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management which enables students to better prepare their communities for large-scale, multiagency, all-hazard incidents. 
  • Year four’s Executive Leadership course provides students with the framework of executive-level competencies by focusing primarily on issues and areas of personal effectiveness. 

Deputy Fire Chief Dawald and Fire Marshal Servey complete their EFO Program this Friday, June 28 and will be honored in a graduation ceremony from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.  They will join Fire Chief Troy Hughes and other fire service professionals throughout the world who carry this elite designation.