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Yellow Ribbon Report - Tools from the Toolbox

Sat., Nov. 11, 8:15 - 11:45 AM
The VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report, Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up sheds light on the fire and emergency service's emotional and behavioral health problem and emphasizes the importance of changing the culture. Join Chief (ret.) John Buckman for updates on the tools available to you to increase awareness of these challenges and take action to minimize the long-term effects on our response personnel.

Participants Say

I look forward to FRI every year because it really provides a variety of career development sessions for virtually all ranks and positions in the fire service - especially the Chief Officer and the Company Officer ranks.

Steve PrziborowskiDeputy Chief, Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department

I had a great time and learned a lot from the courses! Honestly I was very surprised due to other conferences that I have been to, I would definitely go again!

Adam BowlerLieutenant, Louisville (CO) Fire Department

The FRI conference was amazing. I took away several teaching points for our crews and saw a fresh perspective of the fire service. Although we are steeped in tradition it is refreshing to see so many departments making changes.

Robert BeamParamedic/Firefighter/Acting Captain, Arlington (WA) Fire

Symposium in the West will bring leaders together for in-depth discussions and valued networking on the most critical issues facing volunteer and combination officers.

VCOS West will address topics such as transitioning from a volunteer to a combination department, recruitment and retention, leadership and management, staffing and more.

The Hazmat Conference is the premier conference in the U.S. for hazardous materials responders. This conference offers the most experienced speakers, up-to-date information and the best hands-on training.

Rick EdingerBattalion Chief, Chesterfield County (VA) Fire & EMS

In 2010, fire departments across the country responded to a total of 402,000 hazardous materials calls.

Michael J. Karter, Jr.

The Fire Rescue Med conference is one of those valuable opportunities to engage in learning, networking, and meeting people from all disciplines that have a passion for excellence in emergency medicine.

Bill KinseyDivision Chief, Bullhead City (AZ) Fire Dept.

The IAFC's WUI conference is the premier venue to network with the wildland fire service leaders and innovators in North America and beyond.

Dave DriscollChief (Ret.), Hemet, CA

WUI offers an amazing opportunity to work with Chiefs and Fire Officers that I would normally not have access to. These individuals were very pleased to speak with me and guide me through discussions at different times during the non-session hours.

WUI Attendee

The great thing about this program is that both the IAFF and the IAFC hold it up as the model of how to be successful as a department.

William "Shorty" BrysonChief (Ret.), Miami-Dade Fire Department

The delivery reminds participants from both labor and management that they are on the same team with the same ultimate mission of serving the community and taking care of their fellow firefighters.

Brian C. O’Neill2nd Vice President, Kentucky Professional Firefighters

The VCOS Symposium provides respected fire service leaders who deliver timely educational topics. In addition, it provides a unique format not available at other conferences.

Patrick J KennyChief, Western Springs (IL) Department of Fire and EMS

The VCOS Symposium is the ONLY conference that allows participants to interact face-to-face with leaders of rural and suburban combination departments. This is the best conference available for combination organizations.

Ken PrestonCommissioner, North Greece (NY) Fire District

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