VCOS Newsletter

Our fall newsletter is now available. This issue's spotlight is Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) Volunteer Fire Department.

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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? -- Guidance for New and Interim Chiefs

VCOS and EFO release new report to help guide new and interim chiefs during their first 100 days.

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Cancer Prevention Resources Available

The VCOS is committed to preventing cancer in the fire service and has developed many resources for you and your members.

Cancer Prevention Resources

A Focus on Behavioral Health

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

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The Latest

What I Wish I Knew When I Became a Fire Chief

A lesson on relationships.

It's Drone Safety Week

This is an opportunity to share your commitment to drone safety and download valuable resources for you and your crew.

Mitigation Moment: Roadside Fuels Reduction Projects in Helena, MT

Roadside fuels reduction was a priority for Helena departments when identifying mitigation projects due to the potential impact with evacuations for both residential and seasonal populations as well as considering firefighter safety.



Bridging the Multigenerational Divide in Your Department

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Learn to recognize generational biases, identify how biases impact interpersonal communications, and ultimately be a good agent for change.
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A Practical Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Volunteer Fire Service

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Learn how to build a diverse and inclusive department that accurately reflects your community
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Barriers to Volunteering: How a Traditional Approach is Limiting Your Department

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Learn ways to recruit new members from untapped pockets of your community.

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


You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs

Guidance to assist in first 100 days as a new or interim chief.

VWS Press Release Templates

Press release templates to help you keep your community safe and bring in volunteers.

Cancer Prevention Resources

Prevent firefighter cancer with these resources.