VCOS Board Candidate Applications due March 8

The VCOS Board of Directors has three at-large seats open; they are three-year terms running through 2023.

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VCOS Symposium in the Spring 2020

Bringing together dynamic volunteer and combination leaders.
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VCOS Winter Newsletter

Our winter newsletter is now available. This issue's spotlight is Meaford (Ontario) Fire Department.

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Surviving the Job Webinar Series

Register today for a 6 part webinar series exploring key information you need to know when it comes to firefighter cancer risk reduction.

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The Latest

Incident Data Utilization Survey

The IAFC is conducting a research survey on how Fire Departments are leveraging their incident data.

IAFC Goes to New Mexico to Teach Recruitment & Retention

IAFC programs are making a difference world-wide.

The IAFC Applauds Passage of Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act

VRIPA exempts nominal incentives for volunteer first responders from being considered taxable income for the 2020 tax year



Mentoring II: Developing and Retaining Firefighters Through Relationships

Self paced |
Information and resources for developing mentoring skills

Mentoring I: Re-energizing Your Department Culture through Positive Influence

Self paced |
Information and resources for establishing or enhancing a mentoring program for improved retention.
Surviving the Job

Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Decon Procedures

April 14, 2020 Online
What do you do as a fire chief when your firefighter tells you they have cancer? How do you prevent this conversation from happening?

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

Preserving the Tradition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Preserving the Tradition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Check out these whitepapers and posters on retention and recruitment.

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.