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The William F. Jenaway Illness and Injury Prevention Award
Sponsored by VFIS and VCOS
The William F. Jenaway Illness & Injury Prevention Award is designed to support the NFFF and USFA initiatives to reduce firefighter injuries and illness. The Illness & Injury Prevention Award recognizes success and excellence in developing and implementing an injury- or illness-prevention or vehicle-safety program. Typical types of programs that may qualify include: physical and physical fitness, wellness, cancer prevention, and vehicle safety.
You do not need to be an IAFC or VCOS member to apply; however, you must apply on behalf of a fire & emergency services organization. You must also demonstrate a functioning program that reduces illness or injury. The organization selected as the winner of the award will have all transportation and hotel expenses paid by VFIS for one member of the organization to attend Symposium in the Sun and VCOS will pay for that member's conference registration.
Retention and Recruitment Award
Sponsored by VFIS and VCOS
Retention and Recruitment Award recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. The program will distinguish the application of state-of-the-art management activities and personnel initiatives that result in the increase and retention of members. The program must have been in place for at least one full year. You do NOT need to be an IAFC-VCOS member to apply. The organization selected as the winner of the award will have all transportation and hotel expenses paid by VFIS for one member of the organization to attend Symposium in the Sun and VCOS will pay for that member's conference registration.
John M. Buckman III Leadership Award
Sponsored by Provident Insurance and VCOS
The John M. Buckman III Leadership Award recognizes a chief officer of a volunteer or combination department who stands out on the local and/or regional level as a true professional who has demonstrated leadership, integrity and outstanding moral values within the fire service. In addition to the actual award, Provident will pay for the winner's travel and lodging expenses to attend the award ceremonies at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun. Symposium registration costs will be picked up by the VCOS.
Training Officer Award
Sponsored by Vector Solutions and VCOS
The Training Officer Award, open to fire chiefs, training officers and others whose focus is fire service education, recognizes those who make a difference in the community by demonstrated dedication to the safety of their department. The award winner will receive conference registration to Fire-Rescue International, roundtrip airfare to the event and a three-night stay at a conference hotel from Vector Solutions.
The Bettenhausen Scholarship
Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen was a co-founder and the first secretary/treasurer of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS). Chief Bettenhausen served as the fire chief and fire marshal of Tinley Park Fire Department. The Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen Scholarship to Symposium in the Sun is in honor of his many contributions to his community and the fire service as a whole. The scholarship seeks to assist chief officers from volunteer and combination departments which lack the financial resources to offer professional development to their leaders.
The Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship
This scholarship, sponsored by VCOS, seeks an individual that embodies the ideals of Chief James P. Seavey, Sr.; someone that has made it their goal to ensure the health and wellness of their sisters and brothers physically, mentally and spiritually.
VCOS Chair Award
The VCOS Chair Award recognizes an individual or organization whose hard work and dedication has helped to further the mission of the VCOS and the IAFC. The award is presented by the VCOS Chair of the Board of Directors at the Symposium in the Sun.