Symposium In The Sun 2022 is ON

Come meet us in Clearwater! Registration Open

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View the updates to the Lavender Ribbon Report

11 Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer.

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Yellow Ribbon Report Update on behavioral wellness now available!

Report provides resources, action items toward a proactive approach to mental wellness in our industry.

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The Latest

Symposium in the Sun Scholarship and Award Nominations Due Sept. 29

Apply for a scholarship to the Symposium in the Sun.

Emerging Leader Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship available for an all- expenses paid opportunity for a future fire service leader to attend the Symposium in the Sun.

New IAFC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study Report Identifies Areas of Improvement and Recommends Actions Departments Can Take to Improve Recruitment and Retention

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion study report identifies areas of improvement and recommend actions departments can take to create and maintain diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environments.


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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

October 15 - 16, 2022 | Bangor, ME
Join us for our free RRC certification training where you will hone the skills you need to recruit and retain quality members.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop Pre-Con at Symposium in the Sun

November 8 - 9, 2022 | Clearwater, FL
Attend our free pre-con at Symposium in the Sun on November 8-9. The course will equip members of the fire service with knowledge and skills to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce.
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Symposium in the Sun 2022

November 10 - 13, 2022 | Clearwater, FL
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.
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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


Fire Service Women of Vision and Leadership

Learn more about exceptional women in fire and emergency services.
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VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report Update

The VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report Update includes a new set of 11 best practices for responder behavioral wellness.

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.