Emerging Leader and Emerging Leader Alumni Scholarships Seek Applications

The VCOS, Gasaway Consulting Group, LLC and Emerging Leader Scholarship Alumni are looking for emerging leaders to apply to receive a scholarship to Symposium in the Sun. (Open to all ranks.)

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Training Officer Award Open

The VCOS and TargetSolutions Training Officer Award is accepting nominations through June 30.

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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

House Acts to Restore Volunteer Tax Protections

If passed by the Senate, it would allow volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel to receive property tax-based incentives and up to $600 per year.

TargetSolutions and IAFC VCOS Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Training Officer Recognition Award

Nominations for the 2019 Training Officer Recognition Award are being accepted through June 30.

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.


Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Course

June 29 - 30, 2019 | Whitefish, MT
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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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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VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 14 - 17, 2019 | 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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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


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.

Emergency Vehicle Operations Training SOP (Catoosa (Oklahoma) Fire Department)

Outlines the responsibility, training requirements and details of operating an apparatus