Beyond Hoses & Helmets

VCOS logo - IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section

Beyond Hoses and Helmets offers instruction in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Training development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Principles of negotiation
  • Verbal communications

BH&H course material and supporting documents were developed with technical support from the United States Fire Administration and the National Emergency Training Center.

Note: BH&H courses aren't delivered in August or December.

Interested in offering Beyond Hoses & Helmets in your area?
Download the host agreement form (pdf) to request the course be scheduled at your agency. Your costs are minimal and include hotel rooms and meals for the instructors. Details are available on the agreement form as well as on the Beyond Hoses and Helmets brochure (pdf).

Host Agreement Beyond Hoses & Helmets brochure

Pierce logoSupport by Pierce Fire Apparatus allows VCOS instructors to present this course throughout the nation toward VCOS's mission to provide chief officers who manage volunteers within the fire/rescue delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.