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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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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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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Building a Collaborative Team Course

Attend the free Building a Collaborative Team course that gives you the tools to form stronger relationships between volunteer and career staff in the fire station.
  
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Building a Collaborative Team Course

Attend the free Building a Collaborative Team course that gives you the tools to form stronger relationships between volunteer and career staff in the fire station.
  
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop FRI Pre-Con

Attend our free pre-con at FRI on August 22-23. The course will equip members of the fire service with knowledge and skills to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce.
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Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer Webinar - August 23

This webinar is tailored toward ethanol safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, emergency management professionals.
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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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Building a Collaborative Team Course

Attend the free Building a Collaborative Team course that gives you the tools to form stronger relationships between volunteer and career staff in the fire station.
  
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for our free RRC certification class where you will hone the skills you need to recruit and retain quality members.
  
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

The course will equip members of the fire service with knowledge and skills to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce. This course is free to attend.
   Register
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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for our free RRC certification class where you will hone the skills you need to recruit and retain quality members.
  
VWS logo

Building a Collaborative Team Course

Attend the free Building a Collaborative Team course that gives you the tools to form stronger relationships between volunteer and career staff in the fire station.
  
VWS logo

Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for our free RRC certification training where you will hone the skills you need to recruit and retain quality members.
  
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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
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Symposium in the Sun

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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Whole Community Planning for Disaster course

Whole Community Planning for Disaster

This course will provide information on why/how community organizations and others can participate in inclusive emergency planning processes to improve resiliency.
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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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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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