Fire Officer Designation Program

ufodThis link opens in a new window and links to the Fire Officer HandbookOfficer 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 firefighters or company officers' personal achievement through the following four areas

  • training
  • education
  • certification
  • experience

This recognition program for Utah fire professionals provides a coherent and attainable guide to career advancement. To help prospective fire officers 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.

New firefighters can use the UFODP to map out a path for career advancement. Fire departments can use the FODP to help define promotional qualifications.

The next deadline for applications is December 31, 2018.

  • 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. 

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Chief Kevin Ward at or 801-940-6945.  

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