VCOS Symposium in the Sun 2021

Registration & housing for Symposium in the Sun will open in mid-June.


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

Fire Department Exchange (FDX) is Accepting Applications

FDX provides in-person and online exchange platforms for fire departments facing wildland-urban interface (WUI) challenges.

Vector Solutions and IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Training Officer Recognition Award

The award, which is now open for nominations, acknowledges exemplary conduct by a training officer for their innovation and effectiveness when delivering training.



Town Hall Event: Sikorsky’s multi-role FIREHAWK® Helicopter

June 30, 2021 Online
Discussion with chiefs & pilots who use FIREHAWK® aircraft (or other units) about their lessons learned during the 2020 fire season
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The Truth About Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Members

July 15 - 16, 2021 Online
This is an interactive presentation on breaking the mold with a truthful discussion on recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters.
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Fire-Rescue International

July 28 - 30, 2021 | Charlotte, NC
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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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


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.

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.