A Focus on Behavioral Health

Report provides resources, action items toward a proactive approach to mental wellness in our industry.

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Best Practices in POV Response

Minimize injury, death while using privately owned vehicles (POV).

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The Latest

Training as if Your Life Depended on It!

The public and all our fellow firefighters are relying on us to be 100% proficient 100% of the time. The only way that happens is through training—every day, every shift, whenever and however you can.

President’s Letter: Help is Available for the Volunteer Fire Service

We have a crisis on our hands: The number of volunteer firefighters is down and the local ranks of volunteer firefighters are getting older. There’s no quick fix to this problem, but resources are available to help calm the storm.

Executive Officer Leadership: Tipping Over

The life of an on-call/volunteer firefighter often becomes a balancing act. We need department cultures that recognize the importance of family and the wellbeing of our members.

Education

Regional Rail Response Online

Rural Response to Rail Incidents

Self paced |
This training is designed to help you better understand the rail industry, response efforts and agency-specific roles should a train derailment or similar incident occur in your area.
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Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer: 6-11

May 30, 2018 Online
Today, the science is there and we all know as a fact what cancer is doing to and in the fire and emergency service family. This is our call to action, and there's no time more important than now to take personal responsibility to act.
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Fire-Rescue International

August 8 - 11, 2018 | Dallas, TX
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.

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

Resource

National Volunteer Fire Council: EMS/Rescue Section Leadership

VISION resource
Resource

Advocates for EMS: Board of Directors

A listing of the board of directors and supporters of the Advocates for EMS.
VCOS Best Practices Cancer Poster

Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Poster

The poster provides specific actions to take to address the cancer epidemic and protect firefighters.