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VCOS Education & Training Opportunities

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.

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