Beyond Hoses and Helmets

Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the

Submit a Host Agreement form to request a course at your agency

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.


The United States Fire Administration and the National Emergency Training Center provided technical support in the development of course material and supporting documents. Beyond Hoses and Helmets offers instruction in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Training development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Principles of negotiation
  • Verbal communications

Download the host agreement form (pdf) to request the course be scheduled at your agency. The costs to your agency are minimal and include hotel rooms and meals for the instructors. Details are available on the agreement form as well as on the Beyond Hoses and Helmets brochure. We do not schedule courses in August or December.


Course Request & Scheduling
(We do not deliver course in August or December.)


2017 Scheduled Courses:

March 16, 2017: Mt. Pleasant, MI: Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs (Contact: Linda Stone, 248-506-3401,

March 31 - April 1: Maryland State Firefighters Association (Contact: Chief Joe Chornock, 301-926-6070,

May 20-21, 2017: Clear Creek, WV: Raleigh County Fire Fighters Association (Contact: Chief Shane Wriston, 304-922-6969,

September 8, 2017: Pagosa Springs, CO: Pagosa Fire Protection District (Contact: Chief Randy Larson, 970-731-4191,

September 16-17, 2017: Niceville, FL: NW Florida Volunteer Firefighters Weekend Council, Inc. (Contact: President Charlie Frank, 850-259-5137,


Pierce logoThe support offered by Pierce Fire Apparatus allows VCOS instructors to present this course throughout the nation in support of VCOS's mission to provide chief officers who manage volunteers within the fire/rescue/delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.