VCOS Award Opportunities!

Nominate a deserving individual to get recognized with a VCOS award.

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VCOS Scholarship Opportunities!

VCOS offers several scholarships to offset training costs; FRI application period now open.

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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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Best Practices in POV Response

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

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The Latest

Accepting Emerging Leader Scholarship Applications Through Aug. 3

Winner will receives $1,500 for registration and travel expenses for the upcoming VCOS Symposium in the Sun.

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.


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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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.

VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 8 - 11, 2018 | 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.

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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Management Minute: New Techniques

6 things the fire service needs in 2014.

Ponderosa VFD Volunteer Incentive Plan

This contribution provides the nuts and bolts details of this successful volunteer retention plan.

Incentive Program Example

VISION: A sample incentive program.