Virginia Fire Officer Academy




The 2019 application process for the Virginia Fire Officer Academy and the Virginia Chief Officer Academy is now closed.

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The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association is looking forward to another great academy this year.   Tuition for the VFOA is $395. 

  • First VFOA Session: June 2-7, 2019
  • Second VFOA Session: June 9-14, 2019
  • The ONLY VCOA Session: June 9-14, 2019
  • Applicants will not be permitted to submit applications for both the Virginia Fire Officer Academy (VFOA) and Virginia Chief Officer Academy (VCOA).

All alumni of the VFOA are encouraged to check out the facebook page "Virginia Fire Officers Academy Alumni" and "VFCA-Company Officer Section "Official".  You will find all the updates about the VFOA on these pages.  We also would like to see your support by joining the Virginia Fire Chief Associations Company Officer Section.  A portion of the membership fee helps fund training programs offered for company officers.  You also receive all the amenities offered to you as a member of the VFCA.  Join online today.

 This program could not exists without the support of the members and partners of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and the Virginia Fire Chiefs Foundation.  You can make a donation to the Virginia Fire Officers Academy through the Foundation either by mail or on line.  All donations are tax deductible. 


The Virginia Chief Officer Academy is June 9-14, 2019

Tuition for the Academy is $795

The VFCA Chief Officer Academy is a 6-day on-campus resident program geared towards the first level of chief officers within a department. The focus is to provide a developmental opportunity for those recently promoted to, or with the potential to be promoted to, the ranks of Battalion Chief, Division Chief, District Chief, etc. While the academy will provide some exposure to executive-level officer concepts, the target audience consists of those chief officers below the level of executive officer. 

The program will be held at the campus of the University of Richmond, June 9-14, 2019 and participants will reside on the campus for the duration of the event, which culminates with a graduation on the afternoon of Friday, June 15. The topics that will be covered in the academy, identified through a survey of Virginia Fire Chiefs, will include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Leading versus Managing
  • Effective Communication
  • Accountability in Decision Making
  • Developing trust in and from subordinates
  • Succession planning and mentoring
  • Generational differences and their influences on leadership
  • Coaching for improved performance
  • Leading ethically
  • Legal liability in leadership and personnel management
  • Making decisions you are afraid to make

These topics and others will be covered through a mixture of lecture and activities designed to engage the students and encourage sharing of experiences, concepts, philosophies.

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