IAFC - VCOS Section

IAFC - VCOS Section VCOS is the largest special interest section of the IAFC that provides education and resources to the leaders of volunteer and combination fire departments

To represent the interests of all volunteer and combination fire/rescue/EMS agencies. We will be a dynamic organization, characterized by our integrity, customer focus and membership development, with value placed on people and the superior utilization of technology. We will excel by creating educational programs, through unrivaled networking, and by helping VCOS members further their success and reach their potential.

Operating as usual

We are vey excited to see everyone next week at Symposium in the Sun!
11/03/2021
Symposium 2019

We are vey excited to see everyone next week at Symposium in the Sun!

Today on National First Responders Day we send a special thank you to all the first responders who work tirelessly to ke...
10/28/2021

Today on National First Responders Day we send a special thank you to all the first responders who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. Thank you to all the firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers and all other first responders for all you do everyday.

Today on National First Responders Day we send a special thank you to all the first responders who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. Thank you to all the firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers and all other first responders for all you do everyday.

Reconnect under the Sun with us at Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater, Florida on November 11-14. Don't miss out on the ...
10/21/2021
Registration

Reconnect under the Sun with us at Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater, Florida on November 11-14. Don't miss out on the professional coaching we are offering this year. Spaces are filling quickly! Register today.

Discrimination & Harassment PolicyThe International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has zero-tolerance for discrimination and all forms of harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. This zero-tolerance policy means that no form of discriminatory or harassing conduct by or toward a...

Congratulations to Assistant Chief David Lewis, Sr. (Ret.) of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company for winning the John M....
10/20/2021
The IAFC-VCOS and Provident Insurance Announce the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award Winner: Assistant Chief David Lewis, Sr. (Ret.)

Congratulations to Assistant Chief David Lewis, Sr. (Ret.) of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company for winning the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award sponsored by Provident Insurance. The award will be presented at Symposium in the Sun in November.

Congratulations to Assistant Chief David Lewis, Sr. (Ret.) of the Odenton (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Company for winning the prestigious John M. Buckman III Leadership Award. There were several strong submissions and his contributions to the fire service certainly stood out. 

Have you registered for our latest webinar yet? Don't miss "How Electrified is Your Response Area?" on Wednesday October...
10/19/2021
How Electrified is Your Response Area?

Have you registered for our latest webinar yet? Don't miss "How Electrified is Your Response Area?" on Wednesday October 27 at 7 PM ET. Register today!

Tracey Steffes, Morris (Illinois) Fire Protection District, Fire Chief He started with the Morris Fire Protection District January 1989 as a volunteer firefighter. In September of 1989, he was hired as a full-time police officer for the City of Morris. He worked full-time for the City of Morris hold...

Do you know that we are offering professional coaching at Symposium in the Sun this year? Don't miss out on this unique ...
10/12/2021
Professional Coaching & Problem Solving

Do you know that we are offering professional coaching at Symposium in the Sun this year? Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to get feedback on your personal development journey, or to discuss a issue you are facing in a private and confidential manner. Register for a session today!

Today we announce the release of the Lavender Ribbon Report Update. Thank you to the National Volunteer Fire Council who...
09/29/2021

Today we announce the release of the Lavender Ribbon Report Update. Thank you to the National Volunteer Fire Council who worked with us on this project. The report can be downloaded from the VCOS website at www.vcos.org/beatffcancer. Read the press release at: https://bit.ly/3CTyyuE

Today we announce the release of the Lavender Ribbon Report Update. Thank you to the National Volunteer Fire Council who worked with us on this project. The report can be downloaded from the VCOS website at www.vcos.org/beatffcancer. Read the press release at: https://bit.ly/3CTyyuE

Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters by setting a date for your t...
09/27/2021
Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters - Memorial Weekend

Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters by setting a date for your tribute anytime between September 26-October 3.

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters is part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend sponsored by the NFFF.

How Electrified is Your Response Area? Join us Wednesday October 27 at 7 PM ET for a webinar to discuss lessons learned,...
09/23/2021
How Electrified is Your Response Area?

How Electrified is Your Response Area? Join us Wednesday October 27 at 7 PM ET for a webinar to discuss lessons learned, smart practices, and what we can do to keep our members safe while responding to battery emergencies.

Tracey Steffes, Morris (Illinois) Fire Protection District, Fire Chief He started with the Morris Fire Protection District January 1989 as a volunteer firefighter. In September of 1989, he was hired as a full-time police officer for the City of Morris. He worked full-time for the City of Morris hold...

09/17/2021

There's still time to nominate a chief officer for the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award!

The annual award, proudly sponsored by Provident and the IAFC - VCOS Section, is presented each November at the Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater Beach, FL. Nominations are due by September 20! Learn more and nominate a chief officer here: https://bit.ly/3gClnFI

#ProvidentAward #LeadershipAward #IAFC #VCOS #SymposiumInTheSun

Take time this weekend to apply for awards being presented at Symposium in the Sun. Applications due Monday 9/20! We hav...
09/17/2021
Awards

Take time this weekend to apply for awards being presented at Symposium in the Sun. Applications due Monday 9/20! We have not received many so your chances of winning are high! Winners’ travel and conference registration fee is paid for!

Page links: John M. Buckman III Leadership Award | William F. Jenaway Illness & Injury Prevention Award | Retention and Recruitment Award | Training Officer Award | VCOS Chair Award

Has your department focused on safety and wellness over the past year? Apply for the William F. Jenaway Illness/Injury P...
09/15/2021
The William F. Jenaway Illness and Injury Prevention Award

Has your department focused on safety and wellness over the past year? Apply for the William F. Jenaway Illness/Injury Prevention Award presented at Symposium in the Sun. Deadline = Sept. 20

The William F. Jenaway Illness & Injury Prevention Award and the Retention & Recruitment Award are sponsored by VFIS. For both awards, VFIS pays the winner's travel and lodging expenses to attend the award ceremonies at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater Beach, Florida and VCOS will donate...

09/13/2021
VCOS Scholarship Programs

Apply by TOMORROW, September 14th, for the $1,500 James P. Seavey, Sr. scholarship to attend Symposium in the Sun in November. We haven't received any applications yet so your chances to win are very high!

Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen was a  co-founder and the first secretary/treasurer of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS). He served in that position from 1994 to 2007, after which he was bestowed the title emeritus secretary/treasurer. Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen served as the fir...

09/12/2021

Video message #4 from Chief Ron Oettel: Have a wonderful 90th birthday Chief Robert Bettenhausen! Thanks for all you have done for VCOS!

09/12/2021

Message #3 from Chief Cook: Happy 90th birthday Chief Robert Bettenhausen! We appreciate you!

09/12/2021

Message #2 from Chief Cowger: Happy 90th birthday Chief Robert Bettenhausen, VCOS Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus!

09/12/2021

Message #1 from Chief Flynn: Happy 90th birthday Chief Robert Bettenhausen, VCOS Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus!

09/10/2021
VCOS Scholarship Programs

$1,500 James P. Seavey, Sr. scholarship available to attend Symposium in the Sun in November. Your chances to win are high as we have not received many applications. Apply by Sept. 14.

Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen was a  co-founder and the first secretary/treasurer of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS). He served in that position from 1994 to 2007, after which he was bestowed the title emeritus secretary/treasurer. Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen served as the fir...

09/09/2021
VCOS Scholarship Programs

Do you know an excellent emerging fire service leader in your department or region? Have them apply for the Emerging Leader Scholarships by TOMORROW Sept. 10. Winners get $1,500 towards attending Symposium in the Sun in November!

Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen was a  co-founder and the first secretary/treasurer of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS). He served in that position from 1994 to 2007, after which he was bestowed the title emeritus secretary/treasurer. Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen served as the fir...

There are several Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification courses coming up this year and there is funding ava...
09/08/2021
National Volunteer Workforce Solutions

There are several Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification courses coming up this year and there is funding available to help pay for your travel expenses to these classes. Upcoming classes are being held in NC, VA, DE, IN and UT. Interested in attending? Learn more here:

National Volunteer Workforce Solutions helps fire departments recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. What Fuels Your Fire connects potential volunteers with fire departments.

Happy Labor Day!
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

Want to attend Symposium in the Sun in Florida in November but don’t have the funds? Apply for one of our many scholarsh...
09/02/2021

Want to attend Symposium in the Sun in Florida in November but don’t have the funds? Apply for one of our many scholarships ASAP! https://bit.ly/2W8ySUK

Want to attend Symposium in the Sun in Florida in November but don’t have the funds? Apply for one of our many scholarships ASAP! https://bit.ly/2W8ySUK

Join us September 14th at 1 PM ET for this Facebook Live discussion.
09/01/2021

Join us September 14th at 1 PM ET for this Facebook Live discussion.

On September 14 at 1pm ET, join the NVFC and IAFC - VCOS Section for a free Facebook Live discussion on recent updates to the Lavender Ribbon Report, a resource that details 11 specific actions firefighters need to take to lessen occupational cancer risks. Registration is not required: https://fb.me/e/BZXemFcL

Photos from Al Yancey, VCOS Board Member's post
08/27/2021

Photos from Al Yancey, VCOS Board Member's post

Photos from National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's post
08/26/2021

Photos from National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's post

VCOS Board members Chiefs Brita Horn and Norvin Collins were interviewed on America's Voice AM about the importance of v...
08/19/2021

VCOS Board members Chiefs Brita Horn and Norvin Collins were interviewed on America's Voice AM about the importance of volunteer firefighters. Learn more about their interview on the IAFC Blog. https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/08/19/chiefs-reflect-on-interview-regarding-volunteer-firefighters

VCOS Board members Chiefs Brita Horn and Norvin Collins were interviewed on America's Voice AM about the importance of volunteer firefighters. Learn more about their interview on the IAFC Blog. https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2021/08/19/chiefs-reflect-on-interview-regarding-volunteer-firefighters

The Retention and Recruitment Award sponsored by VFIS - Firefighter & EMS recognizes success and excellence in the reten...
08/19/2021
Retention and Recruitment Award

The Retention and Recruitment Award sponsored by VFIS - Firefighter & EMS recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. To be eligible the program must have been in place for at least one full year. Apply by Sept 20!

The Retention and Recruitment Award recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. 

The William F. Jenaway Illness and Injury Prevention Award sponsored by VFIS - Firefighter & EMS recognizes success and ...
08/18/2021
The William F. Jenaway Illness and Injury Prevention Award

The William F. Jenaway Illness and Injury Prevention Award sponsored by VFIS - Firefighter & EMS recognizes success and excellence in developing and implementing an injury- or illness-prevention or vehicle-safety program. You do not need to be an IAFC member to apply. Applications are due September 20!

The William F. Jenaway Illness & Injury Prevention Award and the Retention & Recruitment Award are sponsored by VFIS. For both awards, VFIS pays the winner's travel and lodging expenses to attend the award ceremonies at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater Beach, Florida and VCOS will donate...

Do you know a chief officer of a volunteer or combination department who stands out on the local and/or regional level a...
08/17/2021
John M. Buckman III Leadership Award

Do you know 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? Nominate them today for the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award sponsored by Provident Insurance.

The award recognizes a chief officer of a volunteer or combination fire department who stands out on the local or regional level as a true professional who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, and outstanding values within the fire service. The annual award is presented each November at the VCOS....

This week we are announcing the opening of our three prestigious Symposium in the Sun Scholarship Awards. Stayed tuned t...
08/16/2021
Awards

This week we are announcing the opening of our three prestigious Symposium in the Sun Scholarship Awards. Stayed tuned to our social media and your inbox for more information.

Page links: John M. Buckman III Leadership Award | William F. Jenaway Illness & Injury Prevention Award | Retention and Recruitment Award | Training Officer Award | VCOS Chair Award

Want to come to the Symposium in the Sun, but don’t have the budget? Apply for the Robert T. Bettenhausen $1500 scholars...
08/13/2021
Chief Robert T. Bettenhausen Scholarship

Want to come to the Symposium in the Sun, but don’t have the budget? Apply for the Robert T. Bettenhausen $1500 scholarship by Sept 14.

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Do you ensure the wellness of your fellow firefighters – physically, mentally, & spiritually? If so, apply for the James...
08/11/2021
Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Scholarship to Symposium in the Sun

Do you ensure the wellness of your fellow firefighters – physically, mentally, & spiritually? If so, apply for the James P. Seavey Sr. $1500 scholarship to Symposium in the Sun by Sept 14.

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Our section is devoted on the representation and education of Volunteer and Combination Officers in the fire service.

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This is a little late and I apologize. I had the great honor to be both the MC and provide a presentation with Joseph De Wolf over this past weekend at the 2019 Symposium in the West. It was great to see so many great people who truly want to make a difference in our craft. Special thanks to VCOS Board, Sara, and the IAFC Staff for making this a great event.
Good Morning Chief Wall,sorry to hear of your standing down and congratulations of a job well done as President/Chair of VCOS,on behalf of all firefighters in IAFC and the Australian Rural Fire Services.