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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Chief 101

Interactive training for chief-level officers to effectively execute roles and responsibilities of volunteer department leadership positions.
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Regional Rail Response Online

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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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Course - Colington

RRCC in North Carolina is to help implement the skills needed to recruit and retain quality volunteer members.
  
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FEMA Updates Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, #4

This webinar will highlight the updates and key changes to CPG 101 with whole community partners
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IDEX

IDEX SAM Control System: Transforming Traditional Pump Operations

SAM allows the operator to control the truck from either side, which lets the operator stay in better visual contact with the crew and the fireground.
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North Carolina Brave Fire Leader Academy

Brave Fire Leader Online Cohort Academy for NC Volunteers - Fast Track Your Success. This event will help engage and develop the employees working on a team. Develop a flexible style in order to lead everyone, no matter their age or style. In addition to thinking on a more comprehensive level about advancing their department’s success.
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FEMA

FEMA Updates Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, #5

This webinar will highlight the updates and key changes to CPG 101 with whole community partners
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Course - Botetourt

RRCC in Virginia is to help implement the skills needed to recruit and retain quality volunteer members.
  
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How Electrified is Your Response Area?

This webinar reviews lessons learned and best practices for responding to electric emergencies.
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U.S. EPA Decontamination Conference

This virtual conference speakers and group leaders will be experts in their fields from EPA and other specialized agencies.
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Registration Open! EPA’s International Decontamination Research & Development Conference

EPA Decon Conference is a bi-annual event that uniquely focuses on environmental decontamination.
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Course - Dover

RRCC course in Delaware is to help implement the skills needed to recruit and retain quality volunteer members.
  
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Symposium in the Sun

Each fall, 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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Wildland-Urban Interface Conference 2021

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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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Course - Plainfield

RRCC in Indiana is to implement the skills needed to recruit and retain quality volunteer members.
  
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Course - Provo

RCCC in Utah is to implement the skills needed to recruit and retain quality volunteer members.
  
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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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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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Symposium in the Sun

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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Fire-Rescue International - 150th Anniversary!

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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