ufod Supervisory Fire Officer Designation Program

Officer Development HandbookIn 2011, the International Association of Fire Chiefs released the 2nd Edition of the Officer Development Handbook (ODH). Four levels of career development are delineated in the ODH based on specific duties at each level. Certification as a Fire Officer shows that a person has met the minimum standard as set by the NFPA, while the ODH lays out a more optimum standard reflecting a more holistic view of how a person has prepared to become an officer.  

The Utah Fire Officer Designation Program (UFODP) uses the ODH as a basis to recognize personal achievement through the following four areas

  • training
  • education
  • certification
  • experience

It is important to note that this program addresses two audiences of applicants:

  • For applicants who are not fire officers, the UFODP is a fire officer development program. Candidates receiving this designation do not need to be fire officers already. In fact, more and more departments are requiring designations from programs such as this in order to apply for the officer rank. New firefighters can use the UFODP to map out a path for career advancement.  
  • For applicants who are current fire officers, the designation gives an opportunity to be recognized and to compile documentation of all achievements in preparation for further promotion.

To help applicants achieve each element found in the ODH, the UFODP provides a resources matrix, which identifies resources available to Utah firefighters, including certifications, training and college courses, and experiences that will help them attain the designation. The idea behind the UFODP is that a person’s ability to perform well as an officer depends on more than a test; capability is built by years of varied and quantifiable learning and growing experiences.


The next deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

  • Resource Matrix
  • Application Note: The application document is designed to allow you to enter all information directly into the fields provided.  
  • View the slide show below for helpful guidelines in creating your portfolio. 
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If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Chief Kevin Ward at kward@laytoncity.org or 801-940-6945.