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Executive Chief Fire Officer Program


The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) launched its new Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) program at Fire Rescue Canada in September of 2017. Since then, 2 members have completed to program, 73 of our CFOs have transitioned to ECFO, and 15 new candidates have registered to complete the program.

The ECFO program acknowledges the professional conduct, training, education and skills in a number of competencies required as a leader of today’s fire service, such as leadership, governance, fire prevention and fire technical. This new program has an annual maintenance requirement, with the intent to ensure an ECFO is contributing to the fire service and staying apprised of changes within the industry.

It identifies the dedication of the individual in developing a formal strategy for career development and growth. It also emphasizes the individuals’ focus on excellence and professionalism throughout their career and it recognizes that the individual has attained a status identified by peers, staff and supervisors.

The new designation ensures that those entrusted with the responsibility of a chief officer demonstrate the necessary tools, support, skills, and experience to optimally preform in the position.  It focuses on 7 key thematic areas: individual and organizational leadership, HR and staff relations, governance and stakeholder relations, business acumen, finance, fire prevention, and fire technical.

The ECFO program seeks to be credible, recognized, achievable, accessible as well as consistent. It seeks to be recognized by the industry as having value as it becomes a key criterion on every chief fire officer job posting in the country. It seeks to be recognized both internally to the fire service, and externally to communities and stakeholders as a key designation for a chief fire officer in Canada.

In the essence of building credibility to the program, we are asking for your help as a CEO in recognizing the program so that it can become a key criterion in todays fire service Chief Officers.

If you would like to read more about the ECFO program, click on this slide deck.

If you would like to join the association with a view to pursuing the ECFO, click here.

Here is a list of those who have already achieved the designation 

All Chief Officers are encouraged to apply for the ECFO designation. 


Click here to apply to our new program!

Click here to login to your ECFO account.


Click here if you are transitioning from CFO to ECFO.


For more information on the program you can also access the ECFO handbook here.


To view the list of CFO and ECFO Designees click here




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