Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Fire Inspector Sherri Wilcox and Chief Metropolitan Medical Response System Coordinator Chris Sproule are among the newest graduates of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The EFOP enhances professional development through a unique series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses. The EFOP spans a 4-year period with four core courses. Enrollees attend two-week classes at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland for each year of the program and are required to complete an Applied Research Project (ARP) that relates to their organization within six months after the completion of each of the four courses.
Entry into the program is very competitive. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree and must be a chief officer or in a key leadership position in a fire department. The program just completed its 27th year and is considered to be one of the most sought after credentials in the Fire Service. Wilcox and Sproule are the only members of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue who currently hold the prestigious Executive Fire Officer (EFO) designation
Sherri Wilcox has been with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in 1983. Wilcox is also a Nevada State certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educator III, and a past member of the NFPA’s Education Section Board of Directors.
Chris Sproule has been with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue since 2000. He received his Master of Science degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2008, and is currently working on his PhD in Workforce Development and Organizational Leadership. Sproule is also a graduate of the National Leadership Preparedness Initiative program at Harvard University.