Education

VCOS Beyond Hoses and Helmets course

The VCOS offers a variety of online and in-person conferences and training opportunities in support of the volunteer and combination fire and emergency service. View the 2017 Educational Offerings flyer. Scroll down to see additional information on available training.

Scholarships

Did you know that the VCOS awards annual scholarships attend Fire-Resuce International and Symposium in the Sun? Go to the Scholarship page for more information.



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Symposium in the West
May 3 - 5, 2018
Phoenix, AZ


Symposium in the West is back for a its third year! This time it will be in Phoenix! The conference will offer dynamic leadership education and networking specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers. Learn more >
Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

FROG: Fire Rescue Organizational Guidance for Volunteer Leaders
 

This course is an intensive 2.5 day, hands-on workshop designed as graduate-level leadership training for leaders of volunteer and combination fire departments that picks up where VCOS's Beyond Hoses & Helmets course leaves off. Learn more >
Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

You and ISO
 

VCOS and ISO have developed an educational seminar, You and ISO, which is presented around the country several times a year. This class teaches what every fire chief should know and understand about ISO in your community. Learn more >
Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

Leading the Transition in Volunteer & Combination Departments
 
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Your section has developed a new educational course, Leading the Transition from Volunteer to Combination (LTC), to assist departments that are changing status, whether going from an all-volunteer to a combination department, from a combination to a volunteer department, or changing from a career department to a combination department. Learn more >
Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

You and ISO
 

VCOS and ISO have developed an educational seminar, You and ISO, which is presented around the country several times a year. This class teaches what every fire chief should know and understand about ISO in your community. Learn more >
Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

Beyond Hoses and Helmets
 
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Strategy and Tactics of Leading a Volunteer or Combination Fire/Rescue Organization: Pierce Fire Apparatus and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the IAFC are pleased to offer this educational training course designed by practicing chief officers that delivers real world expertise through an interactive educational experience. Learn more >

"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 Preston, Commissioner, North Greece (NY) Fire District

Register now for VCOS Symposium in the Sun, Nov 9-12, 2017 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in FL
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