VCOS Newsletter

Our fall newsletter is now available. This issue's spotlight is Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) Volunteer Fire Department.

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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? -- Guidance for New and Interim Chiefs

VCOS and EFO release new report to help guide new and interim chiefs during their first 100 days.

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Cancer Prevention Resources Available

The VCOS is committed to preventing cancer in the fire service and has developed many resources for you and your members.

Cancer Prevention Resources

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

EMS Data Collection – How Do Your Costs Add Up?

Does your fire department bill for EMS service? If so, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to get a snapshot of your agency’s EMS costs, revenues, and utilization.

Firefighter Safety Culture Starts Behind the Wheel

A comprehensive emergency vehicle driver program demonstrates your organization’s culture of safety for your firefighters, as well as the general public, that encounters our emergency vehicles on the street.

Firefighters' Top 8 Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Firefighters weigh in on what makes a leader worthy of respect and loyalty.



Bridging the Multigenerational Divide in Your Department

Self paced |
Learn to recognize generational biases, identify how biases impact interpersonal communications, and ultimately be a good agent for change.

VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 14 - 17, 2019 | 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.
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A Practical Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Volunteer Fire Service

Self paced |
Learn how to build a diverse and inclusive department that accurately reflects your community

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


You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs

Guidance to assist in first 100 days as a new or interim chief.

VWS Press Release Templates

Press release templates to help you keep your community safe and bring in volunteers.

Cancer Prevention Resources

Prevent firefighter cancer with these resources.