Awards

Four Awards Sponsored by VCOS and its Corporate Sponsors

John M. Buckman III Leadership Award

Sponsored by Provident Insurance and VCOS

The John M. Buckman III Leadership Award recognizes a chief officer of a volunteer or combination department who stands out on the local and/or regional level as a true professional who has demonstrated leadership, integrity and outstanding moral values within the fire service. In addition to the actual award, Provident will pay for the winner's travel and lodging expenses to attend the award ceremonies at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun. Symposium registration costs will be picked up by the VCOS.

Illness and Injury Prevention Award

Sponsored by VFIS and VCOS

The Illness & Injury Prevention Award is designed to support the NFFF and USFA initiatives to reduce firefighter injuries and illness. The Illness & Injury Prevention Award recognizes success and excellence in developing and implementing an injury- or illness-prevention or vehicle-safety program. Typical types of programs that may qualify include: physical and physical fitness, wellness, cancer prevention, and vehicle safety.

You do not need to be an IAFC or VCOS member to apply; however, you must apply on behalf of a fire & emergency services organization. You must also demonstrate a functioning program that reduces illness or injury. The organization selected as the winner of the award will have all transportation and hotel expenses paid by VFIS for one member of the organization to attend Symposium in the Sun and VCOS will pay for that member's conference registration.

Retention and Recruitment Award

Sponsored by VFIS and VCOS

The Retention and Recruitment Award recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. The program will distinguish the application of state-of-the-art management activities and personnel initiatives that result in the increase and retention of members. The program must have been in place for at least one full year. You do NOT need to be an IAFC-VCOS member to apply. The organization selected as the winner of the award will have all transportation and hotel expenses paid by VFIS for one member of the organization to attend Symposium in the Sun and VCOS will pay for that member's conference registration.

Training Officer Award

Sponsored by TargetSolutions and VCOS

The Training Officer Award, open to fire chiefs, training officers and others whose focus is fire service education, recognizes those who make a difference in the community by demonstrated dedication to the safety of their department. The award winner will receive conference registration to Fire-Rescue International, roundtrip airfare to the event and a three-night stay at a conference hotel from Target Solutions.

VCOS Chair Award

The VCOS Chair Award recognizes an individual or organization whose hard work and dedication has helped to further the mission of the VCOS and the IAFC. The award is presented by the VCOS Chair of the Board of Directors at the Symposium in the Sun.