Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that for only the fifth time in the history of the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), a senior fire executive officer has been named to the “Applied Research Honor Roll.” Deputy Chief David A. Hayes of the Tulsa Fire Department, Tulsa, OK, has been recognized for this superior professional accomplishment.
“Given the extensive demands placed on fire service leaders in the Executive Fire Officer Program, to achieve this excellence is indeed a wonderful accomplishment,” said Michael D Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “On behalf of President Bush and Secretary Tom Ridge, we offer our congratulations to Chief Hayes and to the Tulsa Fire Department for their support of Chief Hayes during his four years of training in the Executive Officer Program.”
“To achieve this accomplishment represents a rare combination of professional commitment, talent, organizational support, and just plain hard work,” said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. “Undoubtedly the efforts of Deputy Chief Hayes have made not only Tulsa a safer place to live and work, but the entire country has benefited from his superior achievements.”
The EFOP is offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s NFA. It is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration. Over a four-year period, the officers continue their professional development in four courses at the academy, which are recommended for either graduate-level or upper division baccalaureate credit equivalency by the American Council on Education. Participants in the program are required to complete an applied research project in their organization six months after the completion of each of the four course areas.
In achieving this recognition, all four of Hayes’ Applied Research Projects were evaluated at a 4.0 level on a 4.0 academic scale. Hayes’ research projects included efforts to examine criteria for the selection of protective clothing for fire investigators, to create and examine job-specific performance appraisals for fire investigators, to identify causes of injury for neighborhood prevention programs, and to identify and address sick leave use trends for the Tulsa Fire Department.
Four other executive officers have received the honor roll recognition in the past, with an alumni base now exceeding more than 2,000 EFOP graduates.
For more information on the EFOP, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fire-service/nfa/courses/oncampus/nfa-on2.shtm or call (301) 447-1176.