Federal Compliance Toolkit

Ensure your department is in compliance with FLSA, SSA, and IRS regulations. More

Member and Leadership Collaboration Now Available

VCOS is excited to offer this new facilitated, two-day workshop to create effective communication in your department through understanding DISC behavioral styles.

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The VCOS and the NVFC Release the Lavender Ribbon Report

The VCOS challenges you to read and share the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer.

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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

5 Things I Learned from Dad to Help Grow Volunteer Membership

Over the holidays, my dad told me the church he attends is growing. I was surprised because over the past 25 years, membership in American churches has dropped 15%. Sound familiar? In the past 30 years, volunteer firefighters have declined by 12%.

Taxing Times in Congress

Urge your members of Congress to support fire sprinklers and volunteer and combination fire departments!

Chief 101: Executing Your Leadership Role

This new online chief-level course is designed to help fire chiefs in volunteer fire departments effectively execute the roles and responsibilities of a leadership position.

Education

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification

March 30 - 31, 2019 | Salem, OR
Want to learn how to increase membership in your volunteer department? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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IAFC Legislative Update

April 3, 2019 Online
This webinar will help fire chiefs prepare to meet with their Congressional members and educate them about the legislative priorities of the fire and emergency service.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Course

April 6 - 7, 2019 | Battlefield, MO
Want to learn how to increase membership in your volunteer department? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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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

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Breaking Bad Habits: Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters

Learn how to break bad habits in volunteer recruitment and retention.
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Protecting Against Cyberattacks; A Guide for Public Safety Leaders

This free guide is meant to help leaders about identify cyber threats and provide strategies to protect networks.
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The State of the Volunteer Fire Service Report

A report to help improve the ability to recruit, retain and manage the volunteers of the future