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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John M. Buckman III Leadership Award Open

The VCOS is now accepting applications for the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award through August 17.

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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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The Latest

An open Letter to the Fire Service

On Thursday, I was bestowed the honor of being this year’s Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. What an amazing honor!

Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Released

Fire service leaders and all personnel are asked to make cancer prevention a priority in all fire departments.

IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing Announce 2018 Fire Chiefs of the Year

Herbert Leusch, volunteer, and Joanne Hayes-White, career, named Fire Chiefs of the Year

Education

IAFC

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.
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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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Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 22, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ
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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VCOS Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

Information, statistics and resources on the 11 best practices to prevent firefighter cancer.
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Volunteer Workforce Solutions Recruitment and Retention Support

Need help with volunteer recruitment & retention?We can help!
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Management Minute: New Techniques

6 things the fire service needs.