Organizational Strategy

VCOS Vision imageMany emergency service organizations (ESOs) struggle with developing and implementing strategic plans consistent with the economic realities and needs of their communities. Often this stems from a lack of understanding the need, value and benefit of using a sustainable and flexible business model as part of their planning processes. Making it difficult for organizations to secure the predictable sources of funding necessary to ensure the effective delivery of emergency services. It is imperative these leaders be trained in business model practices.

Blurring The Lines for a Realistic Fire Service

Tiered response program with different physical & training requirements based on individual participation levels.
  • IAFC KnowledgeNet

IAFC KnowledgeNet

Discuss issues and solutions with other IAFC members online, share SOPs and other resources

IAFC Position: Eliminating Unwanted and Nuisance Fire Alarm Activations

Unwanted and nuisance alarms are preventable; result in unneeded responses that negatively impact public & firefighter safety, local budgets.
  • IAFC Public Safety GIS Viewer wildfire, wind and weather map

IAFC Public Safety GIS Viewer

An interactive introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for first responders and how it can assist daily operations.
  • Resource

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.
  • Resource

Managing Volunteer and Combination Emergency Service Organizations: Tips for the Fire Department CEO

Details 18 important topics for the chief - the CEO of the fire department.
  • Resource

TAMPA 2 Report: Carrying the Safety Message into the Future

Final report from NFFF’s 2014 TAMPA 2 Firefighter Life Safety Summit to review and discuss the 16 life safety initiatives.
  • VISION The VCOS International Strategic Initiative Online Network

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