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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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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Succession Planning: Are You Ready to Move On?

This course will offer insight into the importance of proper succession planning as well as steps to create a successful plan for your department.
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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.

High Performance Coaching and Leadership Academy

Four day, in-person symposium followed by 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions over 4 months. Participants learn to coach their peers and reduce internal personnel issues by combining peer support and 1:1 leadership coaching, facilitation and accountability for results.
Reset the Clock - Replace liability with credibility

Reset the Clock

Day-long seminar to help departments avoid EEO litigation based on proactive, what-to-do training and scenarios.

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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Hydrogen Response Considerations

This 2-hour, 4-module online course focuses on basic education on hydrogen fuels.
VCOS Symposium in the West

VCOS Symposium in the West

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