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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Join us in sunny Clearwater, Florida November 14 - 17, 2019.

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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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FRI 2019 Highlights: VCOS Interview

Chief Charles Flynn and Chief Al Yancey, Jr. on IAFC TV during FRI 2019

VCOS and EFO Release New Report to Assist in First 100 Days as a Chief

New report lays out the key things a new or interim chief needs to know and be thinking about on the first day, during the first week, during the first month, and during months two through six.

National Diversity and Inclusion Program Departments Announced

This program focuses on improving volunteer recruitment and retention through more inclusive and diverse departments nationwide



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.

Tennessee Fire Service Leadership Training Day

September 21, 2019 | Murfreesboro, TN
Sessions that will immerse attendees and guide them to creating a local plan with three take-away tasks that can be implemented in their department.

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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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.