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Symposium in the Sun 2022 Registration Open

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View the updates to the Lavender Ribbon Report

11 Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer.

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Yellow Ribbon Report Update on behavioral wellness now available!

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

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The Latest

New IAFC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study Report Identifies Areas of Improvement and Recommends Actions Departments Can Take to Improve Recruitment and Retention

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion study report identifies areas of improvement and recommend actions departments can take to create and maintain diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environments.

Would You Take 10 Minutes to Help the Volunteer and Combination Fire Service?

The IAFC is conducting a survey on diversity, equity and inclusion to assist volunteer recruitment and retention in the volunter and combination fire service. Learn more about the survey and participate today.

Save the Date: 3rd International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition

A platform for academicians, researchers, managers, subject matter experts & students to share their research findings/best practices with the global audience.


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Building a Collaborative Team Course

August 20 - 21, 2022 | Nashville, TN
Attend the free Building a Collaborative Team course that gives you the tools to form stronger relationships between volunteer and career staff in the fire station.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop FRI Pre-Con

August 22 - 23, 2022 | San Antonio, TX
Attend our free pre-con at FRI on August 22-23. The course will equip members of the fire service with knowledge and skills to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce.
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Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer Webinar - August 23

August 23, 2022 Online
This webinar is tailored toward ethanol safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, emergency management professionals.

About VCOS

To develop and enhance effective, professional leaders of the volunteer and combination fire service by providing tools, resources and representation to lead their organizations effectively. Learn more

Featured Resources


Fire Service Women of Vision and Leadership

Learn more about exceptional women in fire and emergency services.
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VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report Update

The VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report Update includes a new set of 11 best practices for responder behavioral wellness.

VCOS and NVFC Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

Information, statistics and resources on the 11 best practices to prevent firefighter cancer.