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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Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation in Volunteer Staffed Departments - NVFC

This webinar provides leadership with an understanding of how discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues affect fire department personnel.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new IAFC mentoring course!
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Role of the Public Information Officer and Working with the Media

Discussion on print, broadcast, online and social media tools as ways to connect with the public
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Simplifying Training Documentation to Help Meet NFPA 1401 Standards

Vector Solutions’ online training management system is built to help fire departments simplify and streamline training management.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new mentoring course!
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training in Windsor Locks, CT.
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National Fire Service Staff & Command Course

National Fire Service Staff and Command Course

Five days filled of discussions/debates of current and evolving issues that effect fire / EMS departments
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How to ask and what are the difficult questions about suicide?

Learn about ways to approach others who may be experiencing PTSD.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new IAFC mentoring course.
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Introducing the Leadership Crucible

This webinar introduces a new facilitated/collaborative program offered to all department leaders as a developmental resource.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a Developing Inclusive Teams class in Breaux Bridge, LA.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification training in Manheim, PA.
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Relationship Building

This webinar will provide an understanding about the importance of building relationships to become an effective leader.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a RRC Certification class in Sequoyah County, OK
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Wildland Urban Interface Conference

Wildland-Urban Interface Conference 2024

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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Performance, Behavior, and Appearance

Learn how to establish and enforce performance, appearance, and behavior standards.
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Exit Interviews

Webinar will review the importance of conducting exit interviews for career and volunteers
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EFO Symposium Staff Ride

EFO Symposium Staff Ride to Gettysburg.
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2024 National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Leadership Symposium

Join the EFO Section at the free NFA Executive Fire Officer Leadership Symposium.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification training in Seneca, PA.
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a Developing Inclusive Teams workshop in Loudoun County, VA.
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When a Firefighter Dies: Beyond the Dollars and Sense

This webinar will delve into the emotional topic of a firefighter line-of-duty death
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new IAFC mentoring course!
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a Developing Inclusive Teams workshop in Concord, NH.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new mentoring course!
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a DIT Workshop in Nanticoke, PA.
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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a RRC Certification class in Moscow, ID
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Fire-Rescue Med 2024

Education for fire-based EMS leaders, including new and aspiring chiefs, on hiring and retaining, public/private integration, technology, billing for services, illness prevention & more.
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Red Ribbon Report

Learn about the tools developed by the VCOS to assist local decision-makers make appropriate and timely decisions
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Developing Inclusive Teams Workshop

Join us for a Developing Inclusive Teams workshop in Pleasant Gap, PA.
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Eastern Divsion

Eastern Division Conference

Eastern Division: 2024 Annual Conference - LEADERSHIP ON THE LINE
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Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference

Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference 2024

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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10 Things I Have Learned Being Fire Chief

Learn about the biggest challenges facing chiefs are staying on top of the ever-changing political landscape.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new IAFC mentoring course.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

“Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring” teaches students how to start a mentoring program in their department.
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International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference

International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2024

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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North Carolina - Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a RRC Certification class in Asheville, NC
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North Carolina - Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a RRC Certification class in Raleigh, NC
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Indiana - Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for a RRC Certification class in Terre Haute, IN.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new mentoring course!
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Fire-Rescue International - 2024

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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North Carolina - Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification Training

Join us for an RRC Course in Bolivia, NC.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

“Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring” teaches students how to start a mentoring program in their department.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new IAFC mentoring course.
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Helping Members Find Their Spark Through Mentoring

Join us for our new mentoring course!
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Symposium in the Sun

Symposium in the Sun 2024

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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Fire-Rescue International - 2025

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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