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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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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Train the Trainer - Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar

Join responders who have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handling and emergency response. The Train the Trainer courses are intended to develop instructors to lead operations level training.
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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinars

Attendees will receive in-depth information on proper training techniques that emergency responders and hazmat personnel need to effectively respond to an ethanol-related emergency.
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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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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: 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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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - August 12

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - August 13

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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Train the Trainer - Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar

The Train the Trainer courses are intended to develop instructors to lead operations level training.
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#Virtual FRI

As originally scheduled, #VirtualFRI will kick off on August 19 with the IAFC Board of Directors meeting and continue throughout the week with the focus being the annual business of the IAFC; division, section, and committee meetings; and concluding with the installation of our new IAFC officers.
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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - September 15

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - September 16

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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Chief

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: Topic TBD

Join the VCOS and NVFC for the next session of the Surviving the Job Webinar Series.
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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - October 14

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - October 15

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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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 - ReIGNITE

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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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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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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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - November 5

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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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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RFA EVENTS

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - November 12

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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Surviving the Job

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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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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Mentoring II: Developing and Retaining Firefighters Through Relationships

Information and resources for developing mentoring skills
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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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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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Weekly IAFC COVID-19 Task Force Webinar

View Webinar: COVID-19 Update for Chiefs 4/6/20

Weekly update on COVID-19 with guests Chief Keith Bryant, U.S. Fire Administrator and Starlene Black, Deputy Section Chief, FEMA Public Assistance Training Office.
  
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Training & Documentation: Your Health During COVID-19

Webinar focuses how to build a work/industry culture that reduces mental health stigma, embraces training and education, and encourages exposure tracking (chemical, biological, mental).
  
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Surviving the Job: Emotional Self Care for First Responders

This presentation details the challenges of stress, vicarious trauma and burnout in first responders and how that can take a toll on physical health, mental health, and relationships.
  
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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.
Learn 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.
Learn More