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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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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Vision 20/20 Model Performance in CRR Symposium 7, February 22 – 24, 2022

Vision 20/20 Model Performance in CRR Symposium 7

Vision 20/20’s Symposiums deliver proven best practices, strategies & resources to help make communities more resilient.
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National Fire Service Staff and Command Course

National Fire Service Staff and Command Course

This is a 5-day program that provides in-depth analyses of current and evolving issues in emergency services management.
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International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition (IFOC 2022)

International Fire Operations Conference & Exhibition Conference

IFOC is a platform for academicians, researchers, managers, subject matter experts & students to share research findings/best practices with the global audience.
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Wildland-Urban Interface Conference

Wildland-Urban Interface Conference 2022

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.
Renewable Fuels Association

Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer Webinar - March 22

This webinar is tailored toward ethanol safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, emergency management professionals.
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Renewable Fuels Association

Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer Webinar - June 7

This webinar is tailored toward ethanol safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, emergency management professionals.
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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.
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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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Renewable Fuels Association

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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IAFC

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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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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