About VCOS

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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.


To represent the interests of all volunteer and combination fire/rescue/EMS agencies. We will be a dynamic organization, characterized by our integrity, customer focus and membership development, with value placed on people and the superior utilization of technology. We will excel by creating educational programs, through unrivaled networking, and by helping VCOS members further their success and reach their potential.

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The IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section was formed in 1994 as the “Volunteer Chief Officers Section.” The name was later changed to accentuate the growth of combination fire departments. The first Section Chair was Chief John M. Buckman, III, who subsequently became the first international director when the section achieved a seat on the IAFC board. The first secretary/treasurer was Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen who served in that position from 1994 to 2007.


The VCOS Board of Directors consists of nine at-large members and the international director, who sits on the IAFC board. The VCOS Executive Committee consists of the section chair, vice chair, secretary/treasurer and the international director. The at-Large members and the international director are elected by the section members. The chair, vice chair and secretary/treasurer are selected by the current members of the board of directors after the annual meeting of the section at Fire-Rescue International.