A National Voice

The National Association of Elected Fire Officials (NAEFO) is a forward-thinking national organization that speaks with a unified voice for elected fire officials for the purpose of influencing policies, regulation and legislation relating to the fire service issues at the national level. In addition, elected officials and state fire associations are kept informed of national fire service issues.

Conferences & Educational Programs

The National Association of Elected Fire Officials (NAEFO) provides opportunities for elected fire officials nation-wide to meet, discuss and solve various issues and challenges of regional and national importance during its Annual Conference where relevant educational programs are also offered.

Information Resources

The National Association of Elected Fire Officials (NAEFO) provides assistance to elected fire officials, boards of elected fire officials and state fire associations through a variety of channels:

  • E-Mail: Important and urgent information is distributed in a timely manner; and
  • Web Site: An informative, up-to-date web site keeps members current on federal issues and events.

Congressional Fire Services News

Get the latest news and updates from the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), whose role is to educate members of Congress about fire and life safety issues.

Click on the following link for the latest CFSI information, congressional activities and upcoming events affecting public safety and the fire service, and webinars:


FEMA Training for Elected Fire Officials

These three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses introduce elected fire officials to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework, which provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents, as well as an introduction and overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the relationship between NIMS and the Incident Command System.

  1. An Introduction to the National Response Framework [IS-800.B];
  2. An Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS) [IS-700.A]; and
  3. Introduction to Incident Command System [IS-100.B].

Daily Dispatch

The Daily Dispatch is an electronic newsletter distributed each weekday featuring current national and state news, trends, and fire service announcements in a format designed to meet the needs and interests of the busy elected fire officials and chief officers.

Elected fire officials are quickly able to decide and access what articles and issues are important through a convenient link to additional content and resources.


RSS Daily Dispatch: National News

  • Wildfire's destruction of California town creates uncharted credit territory November 16, 2018
    The deadly wildfire that left the town of Paradise, California, in ruins may become a test case for the municipal bond market. “The situation casts doubt on whether the local government can meet over $3.5 million in annual payments to pension obligation bondholders, CalPERS and retiree healthcare plan participants,” wrote Marc Joffe, a policy analyst […]
  • FDNY retaliated against two EMS lieutenants upset over a new pilot program, labor board rules November 16, 2018
    Top Fire Department brass retaliated against two emergency medical services lieutenants due to their “union activity,” a labor board ruled, the Daily News has learned. FDNY Lt. Douglas Rondon was “totally restricted” from duty for an entire year after he reached out to his union president for assistance on potential disciplinary charges. - PUB DATE: […]
  • How Arizona firefighters are fighting to curb trauma and suicide rates November 16, 2018
    While it's a scary trend, it's one that's commonly swept under the rug. First responders are now more likely to die by suicide, than in the line of duty. Each year, the number of men and women in the fire service taking their own lives continues to rise, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance. […]
  • Enough is enough: 5 ways to end bullying in fire and EMS November 16, 2018
    A lot has been published recently about harassment and discrimination. However, much less is being said about the problems of bullying in the fire and EMS industries. Yet, these problems have equally-serious effects on their victims. I was recently at a state EMS conference and heard a speaker give a very poignant discussion on suicide […]
  • Veteran Washington firefighter was sleeping when run over by pickup truck at California wildfire November 16, 2018
    A veteran firefighter who came to California from Washington state to fight the Woolsey fire was left with major injuries when he was run over by a pickup truck as he slept at night in a field next to a fire truck in the Malibu area, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. Terry Geisleman, 46, […]
  • Pulse shooting review: Communication failures hampered Orlando Fire Department's response November 15, 2018
    When Orlando Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Office tactical teams used explosives to break through the wall of Pulse nightclub to confront gunman Omar Mateen, some Orlando Fire Department personnel — including its arson and bomb squad — thought the shooter was the one who set off the blast. That detail was among several examples […]
  • Kim Kardashian’s Private Firefighters Expose America’s Fault Lines November 15, 2018
    As multiple devastating wildfires raged across California, a private firefighting crew reportedly helped save Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s home in Calabasas, TMZ reported this week. The successful defense of the $50 million mansion is the most prominent example of a trend that’s begun to receive national attention: for-hire firefighters protecting homes, usually on the […]
  • Third body found among wreckage of Woolsey fire as residents blast California officials about emergency response November 15, 2018
    As a third body was discovered among the ashes of a home in Agoura Hills, residents in nearby Malibu questioned fire officials about the division of resources and rushed evacuation notices during the Woolsey fire’s devastating march through Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The body, which has not been identified, was found by a cadaver […]
  • Woman’s friendship with Oregon firefighter leads to federal discrimination suit against city November 15, 2018
    A woman with developmental disabilities who befriended a Portland firefighter but then was ordered to stay away from him and certain fire stations under threat of a criminal trespassing charge is suing the city for alleged discrimination. Brandy Tuchscherer first encountered firefighters while rowing with the Wasabi Paddling Club’s “Special Dragons’’ team. - PUB DATE: […]
  • 'A bittersweet moment’: Alabama fire chief retiring after 30 years of service November 15, 2018
    Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Chief Charles Gordon is ending his tenure as the city’s 21st fire chief. Gordon, 57, will retire effective Dec. 28 after 30 years with department. However, his last day on the job will be next Tuesday. Gordon joined the department in January 1989 and rose through the ranks until he […]