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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Discipline is Not a 4-Letter Word

This webinar covers how to create a motivational climate that is positive for all of the members
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop 1 at Virginia Fire Rescue Conference

Join us at VFRC to learn more about supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workforce, and why that can be important for helping your department grow.
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Popcorn Persistence

This presentation on the need for leaders to be persistence to accomplish big things for their organization
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The Executive Officer’s Role in Whole Community Integrated Risk Management

This webinar spotlights the executive officer’s role in Whole Community Integrated Risk Management
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop 2 at Virginia Fire Rescue Conference

Join us at VFRC to learn more about supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workforce, and why that can be important for helping your department grow.
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It's Not Your Father's World Today

This webinar will discuss the differences between the way it is, the way we remember and the way we think it should be.
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I Can't Save You And Don't Want To Die Trying: American Fire Culture

Changing how society thinks and feels about fire deaths
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Attend an IAFC Developing Inclusive Teams workshop in Rhode Island.
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Wildland Urban Interface Conference

Wildland-Urban Interface Conference 2023

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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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

This webinar will focus on firefighter preparedness
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2023 Executive Fire Officer and Leadership Symposium

Join the EFO Section in April at the National Fire Academy for the 2023 EFO and Leadership Symposium. This free event is for EFO alumni, EFO students, and fire and EMS leaders.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Attend an IAFC Developing Inclusive Teams class in Maryland
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Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference

Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference 2023

The CRR Leadership Conference is all new. Sponsored by the IAFC's Fire and Life Safety Section, the CRR Leadership Conference tackles CRR from the leadership perspective, highlighting best practices from concept to implementation to outcomes. Presentations will highlight the latest and greatest in CRR research.
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What is the Desired Outcome of In-Service Training?

This workshop will explain how to create training that is relevant and validated to your department needs.
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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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The Power of Positive Leadership

An opportunity to improve your overall attitude about being in a leadership position.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Attend an IAFC Developing Inclusive Teams workshop in Illinois.
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International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2023

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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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Attend a free DIT workshop in Oregon.
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Attend our free RRC Coordinator Certification class in Breaux Bridge, LO.
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Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

This webinar is based on a book by John Maxwell and will cover how to develop yourself as a leader.
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Pyramid of Success

Learn about the Pyramid of Success, a framework of successful behaviors
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Fire-Rescue International
IAFC's 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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Top 10 Things That Will Get You In Trouble If You Don’t Pay Attention

This webinar will discuss the mistakes leaders make in many cases that can be catastrophic for others and in many cases are avoidable
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Attend our free RRC Certification class in Nokesville, VA.
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Attend our free RRC Certification class in Concord, NH.
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Symposium in the Sun

Symposium in the Sun 2023

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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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a Developing Inclusive Teams class in Washington state.
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Technology Summit International

Technology Summit International aims to bring the tech of the future to today’s fire and emergency service professionals