Mesmerizing Leadership

New VCOS live online course taught by Tim Shurr.

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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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Are You Doing Enough to Engage Your Community?

There are many ways we as fire service leaders can engage our communities.

Now Accepting Nominations for VCOS/TargetSolutions Training Officer Recognition Award

TargetSolutions and IAFC’s VCOS team once again for the annual Training Officer Recognition Award.

FY 2019 SAFER Grants: Application Period Extended, Cost-Share Waived

In consideration of the economic effects of the pandemic, Acting Secretary Wolf also authorized waivers for certain provisions of the FY 2020 SAFER Grant Program.


Surviving the Job

Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Decon Procedures

June 9, 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?

Bridging the Multigenerational Divide in Your Department

Self paced |
Learn to recognize generational biases, identify how biases impact interpersonal communications, and ultimately be a good agent for change.
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A Practical Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Volunteer Fire Service

Self paced |
Learn how to build a diverse and inclusive department that accurately reflects your community

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

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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.

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.