Scholarship Opportunities

Want to attend Symposium in the West at no charge? Apply for one of our scholarships.
Deadline to apply is March 13.

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Federal Compliance Toolkit

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

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

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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification

February 21 - 22, 2019 | Virginia Beach, VA
Want to learn how to increase member in your volunteer department and keep them? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification

March 16 - 17, 2019 | Austin, TX
Want to learn how to increase members in your volunteer department and keep them? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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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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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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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
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.