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.

Chief

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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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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ISO’s New Mitigate Website-Valuable Resource for Fire Chiefs

Learn about a new resource used to improve fire protection efforts and facilitate communications and data exchanges with ISO
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CALFIREHAWK

Town Hall Event: Sikorsky’s multi-role FIREHAWK® Helicopter

Discussion with chiefs & pilots who use FIREHAWK® aircraft (or other units) about their lessons learned during the 2020 fire season
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The Truth About Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Members

This is an interactive presentation on breaking the mold with a truthful discussion on recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters.
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Emergency Response at the U.S. Capitol

Emergency Response at the January 6 Incident at the U.S. Capitol

This webinar discusses the emergency response & lessons learned from the January 6 incident at the Capitol
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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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IAFC

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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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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IAFC

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.
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   
IAFC

VCOS Symposium in the Sun

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.
Learn 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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