Illness and Injury Prevention Award Open

The VCOS and VFIS 2018 Illness and Injury Prevention Award is now accepting applications through August 31.

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VCOS Award Opportunities!

Nominate a deserving individual to get recognized with a VCOS award.

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VCOS Scholarship Opportunities!

VCOS offers several scholarships to offset training costs; FRI application period now open.

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A Focus on Behavioral Health

Report provides resources, action items toward a proactive approach to mental wellness in our industry.

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The Latest

Illness and Injury Prevention Award Now Accepting Applications

The Award is designed to support the NFFF and USFA initiatives to reduce firefighter injuries and illness.

VCOS and VFIS Retention and Recruitment Award Open

Award recognizes innovative volunteer department retention and recruitment programs.

VCOS Accepting Nominations for Chief John M. Buckman III Leadership Award

Award recognizes fire service leaders who demonstrat leadership, integrity, and outstanding values.


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Succession Planning: Are You Ready to Move On?

July 23, 2018 Online
This course will offer insight into the importance of proper succession planning as well as steps to create a successful plan for your department.
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Fire-Rescue International

August 8 - 11, 2018 | Dallas, TX
FRI, the IAFC's annual conference and expo, provides senior-level leadership training for chiefs and officer development education for chief and company officers, new ways to connect with vendors and colleagues, and the latest solutions to today's toughest challenges.

VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 8 - 11, 2018 | Clearwater, FL
Each fall, the VCOS Symposium addresses the unique needs of volunteer and combination departments including transitioning from a volunteer to a combination department, recruitment and retention, leadership and management, staffing and more.

About VCOS

To provide chiefs and chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination fire, rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism. Learn more

Featured Resources

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Management Minute: New Techniques

6 things the fire service needs.

Ponderosa VFD Volunteer Incentive Plan

This contribution provides the nuts and bolts details of this successful volunteer retention plan.

Incentive Program Example

VISION: A sample incentive program.