The IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section offers many specialized opportunities for leadership training throughout the year.
Here’s a quick glance at the resources available through VCOS; learn more about these learning opportunities at VCOS.org/Education.
Beyond Hoses and Helmets
Presented in partnership with Pierce Fire Apparatus, this course provides strategy and tactics for leading a volunteer or combination organization by delivering real world expertise
FROG: Fire Rescue Organizational Guidance for Volunteer Leaders
This graduate-level leadership workshop focuses on analyzing and understanding the fire department’s people, processes and culture.
Leading the Transition in Volunteer & Combination Departments
This program helps departments that are changing from all volunteer to combination and increasing the combination factor.
On-Fire Leadership Webinars
These monthly webinars address a number of engaging topics.
You and ISO
What all fire chiefs should know and understand about ISO in their communities.
Symposium in the Sun & Symposium in the West
Two conferences focus on the issues impacting volunteer and combination departments: Symposium in the Sun is held every November in Florida; Symposium in the West will be held for the first time in May in Nevada.
VCOS offers scholarship opportunities for those who would like to attend the Fire-Rescue International or the Symposium in the Sun.