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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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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Chief 101

Interactive training for chief-level officers to effectively execute roles and responsibilities of volunteer department leadership positions.
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Webinar: PulsePoint Verified Responder

Learn how harnessing off-duty personnel & community members with advanced medical training decreases the number of out-of-hospital SCA deaths.
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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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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - November 12

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.
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The Fourth Incident Priority – Educating, Securing, and Protecting

This webinar focuses on the education and protection of homeowners after an incident.
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National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week

Talking TIM Webinar Series: November 2020

Talking TIM will highlight successful programs, identify best practices, and showcase technology that advances the profession.
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Coffee with SHS - Surviving the Fire Service: The Big C’s

The leading cause of on-duty firefighter deaths continues to be sudden cardiac death, this is a multifaceted pathophysiological combination of occupational heat stress and co-morbid risk factors that can and must be addressed proactively. The fire service continues to also be impacted by astounding elevated rates of occupational cancer. We’ll tackle risk mitigation, risk reduction, early detection and survival!
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Ali Rothrock Diversity and Inclusion Scenario Webinar

Join Ali Rothrock and National VWS for an interactive webinar discussing diversity and inclusion scenarios.
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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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Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Leadership Sets the Example for Cancer Prevention

Information coming soon!
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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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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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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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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.
Community Risk Reduction Leadership

Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference

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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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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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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