Federal Compliance Toolkit

Ensure your department is in compliance with FLSA, SSA, and IRS regulations. More

Member and Leadership Collaboration Now Available

VCOS is excited to offer this new facilitated, two-day workshop to create effective communication in your department through understanding DISC behavioral styles.

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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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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

Fighting Fire with Tax Policy

Whether you are already engaged with your members of Congress or have not yet ventured into the political world, now is a great time to get involved. We need you to add your voice to the discussion.

5 Things I Learned from Dad to Help Grow Volunteer Membership

Over the holidays, my dad told me the church he attends is growing. I was surprised because over the past 25 years, membership in American churches has dropped 15%. Sound familiar? In the past 30 years, volunteer firefighters have declined by 12%.

Taxing Times in Congress

Urge your members of Congress to support fire sprinklers and volunteer and combination fire departments!

Education

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Course

April 27 - 28, 2019 | McMurray, PA
Want to learn how to increase membership in your volunteer department? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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VCOS Symposium in the West

VCOS Symposium in the West

May 2 - 4, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ
This conference offers dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers. Join us in the West for three days of education, networking and collaboration.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Course

May 11 - 12, 2019 | Eden Prairie, MN
Want to learn how to increase membership in your volunteer department? This course will give you the skills to get them in and keep them in.
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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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Cancer Prevention Resources

Prevent firefighter cancer with these resources.
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Emergency Vehicle Operations Training SOP (Catoosa (Oklahoma) Fire Department)

Outlines the responsibility, training requirements and details of operating an apparatus
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Response Matrix SOG Eden (North Carolina) Fire Department

SOG for the dispatch and engine response mode for services.