Newly Released Updates to the Lavender Ribbon Report

11 Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer.

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Symposium in the Sun 2021

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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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The Latest

Five Tips for the New Volunteer Officer

Putting in the work includes a sharp focus on certifications, training, professionalism, positivity and decision-making.

The IAFC-VCOS and Provident Insurance Announce the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award Winner: Assistant Chief David Lewis, Sr. (Ret.)

IAFC-VCOS and Provident Insurance Announce the 2021 John M. Buckman III Leadership Award Winner

IAFC-VCOS and NVFC Release Lavender Ribbon Report Update to Reduce Occupational Cancer Risks

11 best practices for reducing exposure risks and preventing occupationally caused cancer in firefighters

Education

IAFC

Symposium in the Sun

November 11 - 14, 2021 | Clearwater, FL
Each fall, the Symposium in the Sun 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.
Public Consulting Group

CMS 101: Navigating Federal Agencies and Funding

November 17, 2021 Online
This webinar will provide a high-level overview of how fire and EMS departments successfully collaborate with The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid
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Growing As A Leader: How to Successfully Recruit with Jan Spence

November 17, 2021 Online
Attendees will learn how to successfully recruit members into their department.

About VCOS

To develop and enhance effective, professional leaders of the volunteer and combination fire service by providing tools, resources and representation to lead their organizations effectively. Learn more

Featured Resources

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VCOS and NVFC 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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Lavender Ribbon Course Instructor Materials

Lavender Ribbon Course Instructor Materials
Preserving the Tradition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Preserving the Tradition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Check out these whitepapers and posters on retention and recruitment.