EMS has long been a function of emergency service organizations (ESOs) in many parts of the U.S. In other areas EMS is just becoming an ESO service. Issues regarding scope of practice, deployment, response workload, funding and others create challenges for ESOs that must be addressed in a proactive manner.  Consequences of inattention to the challenges can include declines in volunteer retention rates.  Additionally ESOs must ensure it is providing significant input into EMS system design and provider regulations.

Building Sturdy Relationships with Elected Officials

Webinar: Tips for building solid relationships with your elected officials to benefit your department and your future as a leader.
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IRS Fact Sheet: The Basics on Taxation and Fire Departments

This discussion addresses some of the common questions we receive from firefighters and their employing organizations.
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Letter Template: Support FIRE-SAFER Appropriations

Use this template on your department letterhead to request Congress to support the fire/emergency service by reauthorizing AFG program funding.
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VISION: The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network

Resources that focus on specific areas of challenges relating to creating and sustaining viable emergency response programs