Education

Education Sessions

The VCOS offers a variety of online and in-person conferences and training opportunities in support of the volunteer and combination fire and emergency service.

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Beyond Hoses & Helmets

Strategy and tactics of leading a volunteer or combination fire/rescue organization, designed by practicing chief officers that delivers real world expertise through interactive education.

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FROG: Organizational Guidance for Volunteer Leaders

This course is an intensive 2.5 day, hands-on workshop designed as graduate-level leadership training for leaders of volunteer and combination fire departments that picks up where VCOS's Beyond Hoses & Helmets course leaves off.

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Leading the Transition in Volunteer & Combination Departments

This course is to assist departments that are changing status, whether going from an all-volunteer to a combination department, from a combination to a volunteer department, or changing from a career department to a combination department. This course can be administered as a three-hour course with one instructor or a six-hour course with two instructors.

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Member and Leadership Collaboration (MLC)

Two-day, facilitated workshop leverages behavioral analysis to address organizational conflict and create effective department communication between firefighters, officers and chiefs.

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You and ISO

This course is presented around the country several times a year. This class teaches what every fire chief should know and understand about ISO in your community.

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Rural Response to Rail Incidents

This training is designed to help you better understand the rail industry, response efforts and agency-specific roles should a train derailment or similar incident occur in your area.
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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs Part 1

VCOS board member Chief Al Yancey will discuss the challenges of transitioning into becoming a new or interim fire chief.
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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs Pt 1

VCOS board member Chief Al Yancey will discuss the challenges of transitioning into becoming a new or interim fire chief.
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Mentoring II: Developing and Retaining Firefighters Through Relationships

Information and resources for developing mentoring skills
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Beyond Hoses & Helmets: Putting the Pieces Together

BH&H lays the ground work to prepare current and future leaders to lead and manage a fire department with creativity and innovation.
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conneXions - Orlando

conneXions is the only event of its kind for the fire service, by the fire service. All proceeds directly support the IAFC in its mission to lead, educate and serve.
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Surviving the Job

Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Exposure Documentation

Explore and learn about apps available for documentation that you can implement in your department.
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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs Part 2

VCOS board member Chief Al Yancey will discuss the challenges of transitioning into becoming a new or interim fire chief.
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You're the Fire Chief; Now What? Guidance for New and Interim Fire Chiefs Pt 2

VCOS board member Chief Al Yancey will discuss the challenges of transitioning into becoming a new or interim fire chief.
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Wildland-Urban Interface

Three essential tracks - Fire Adapted Communities, operations & suppression, and policy & tools - ensure you and your team get everything you need to minimize and manage threats in the WUI.
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Mentoring I: Re-energizing Your Department Culture through Positive Influence

Information and resources for establishing or enhancing a mentoring program for improved retention.
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New England Division Conference

Join with fellow New England IAFC members at the annual conference, April 8-9 in Mystic, CT.
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Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Decon Procedures

What do you do as a fire chief when your firefighter tells you they have cancer? How do you prevent this conversation from happening?
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VCOS in the Spring

This conference offers dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers. Join us in the Spring for three days of education, networking and collaboration.
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Southeastern Division Conference

Join with fellow Southeastern IAFC members for the annual leadership conference May 12-14.
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Eastern Division Conference

Join with fellow Eastern IAFC members at the Division's Annual Conference, May 15-16 in Latham, NY.
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International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference

The training offered at the Hazmat Conference provides immediate, practical and valuable information designed to ensure you successfully meet the demands of hazmat response in today's challenging environment.
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Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Annual Physicals

Join us to discuss the importance of annual physicals and options available to you and your department.
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Bridging the Multigenerational Divide in Your Department

Learn to recognize generational biases, identify how biases impact interpersonal communications, and ultimately be a good agent for change.
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Fire Adapted Communities for the Fire Service

This course introduces the key components of working with your community to adapt to the wildland fire threat.
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A Practical Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Volunteer Fire Service

Learn how to build a diverse and inclusive department that accurately reflects your community
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Missouri Valley Division Conference

Join with fellow division members at the Annual Conference, July 15-17 in Fargo, ND.
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Barriers to Volunteering: How a Traditional Approach is Limiting Your Department

Learn ways to recruit new members from untapped pockets of your community.
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Surviving the Job

Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Lavender Ribbon Report Updates

Join the VCOS and NVFC as we reveal the latest changes and updates to the Lavender Ribbon Report.
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Fire-Rescue Med

Education for fire-based EMS leaders, including new and aspiring chiefs, on hiring and retaining, public/private integration, technology, billing for services, community paramedicine, active shooter response & more.
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Fire-Rescue International

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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Chief 101

Interactive training for chief-level officers to effectively execute roles and responsibilities of volunteer department leadership positions.
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Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Cancer from a Survivor's Perspective

Hear about the impact of cancer from the perspective of a survivor, and learn about the importance of prevention and early detection.
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Overcoming Cultural Barriers for a More Inclusive Volunteer Workforce

Strategies for engaging, recruiting and retaining volunteers from diverse backgrounds and communities
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VCOS Symposium in the Sun

Each fall, the VCOS Symposium 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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Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Topic to be Announced

Join the VCOS and NVFC for this webinar series, where we will explore some of the most important information you need to know when it comes to firefighter cancer risk reduction.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Training (NASFM)

Pipeline Emergencies offers a comprehensive, integrated emergency response training program designed to teach emergency responders and pipeline industry personnel to safely respond and effectively manage pipeline incidents.
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Fire-Rescue International

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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Fire-Rescue International

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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