Symposium in the West Registration Open

New topics, formats and presenters sure to ignite your passion.

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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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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.

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.


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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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VCOS Symposium in the West

VCOS Symposium in the West

May 2 - 4, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ
This conference offers dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers. Join us in the West for three days of education, networking and collaboration.
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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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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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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

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.