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

You're a New Chief-level Officer. Now What?

New course is designed for chief-level officers across the United States so please share it with your fire service colleagues.

Does Your Department Need a Chief People Officer?

In departments staffed by volunteers, morale is the most important aspect. While creating a course to help volunteer leaders learn more about the business of running a department, our team came up with the idea for a “Chief People Officer.”

An open Letter to the Fire Service

On Thursday, I was bestowed the honor of being this year’s Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. What an amazing honor!

Education

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Fire-Rescue International

August 7 - 10, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
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.
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IAFC

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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Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 22, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ
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.
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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

My A-RIT

Chief's A-RIT (Administrative Rapid Information Tool)

Interactive, quick-start toolkit to help you understand and apply the non-operational aspects of running a volunteer fire department.

Protecting Volunteer Departments from the PPACA

Webinar: Developments of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in relation to volunteer fire departments.

What Fire Chiefs Need to Know About FLSA Compliance

An overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act using the IAFC/VCOS FLSA Guide to clarify the rules for volunteers and career first responders.