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
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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.

Mission: To provide chiefs and chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination fire, rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism.

Ready to improve productivity, collaboration, and morale within your fire department? There’s still time to register for...
05/29/2020

Ready to improve productivity, collaboration, and morale within your fire department? There’s still time to register for the Mesmerizing Leadership class!

How do we engage future volunteers? Learn how leadership and communication can positively impact recruiting efforts.
05/27/2020
Unfamiliar avenues: Engaging future volunteers

How do we engage future volunteers? Learn how leadership and communication can positively impact recruiting efforts.

It will take a unique mix of leadership, external communications and technological solutions to reverse the downward trend in volunteerism

05/26/2020
Women in Fire: EMS Week

Have you heard the @fireengineering podcast with Women in Fire in celebration of #EMSWeek2020? Listen now!

In celebration of EMS Week, Women in Fire will be talking to several amazing guests about their roles in EMS. Host Lisa Baker leads the discussion with the following guest speakers: Ann Burrell, Firefighter Paramedic, Blue Ash Fire Department Kim Phillips, District Chief, Houston Fire Department Tin...

Timeline Photos
05/25/2020

Timeline Photos

Do you know a fire chief or training officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty? VCOS and TargetSolutions are pl...
05/22/2020

Do you know a fire chief or training officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty? VCOS and TargetSolutions are pleased to announce the Training Officer Recognition Award. Submit your nomination today! https://bit.ly/2T90PZM

Join the VCOS and NVFC to explore decon procedure options for your department. Register today for the upcoming webinar o...
05/21/2020
Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Decon Procedures

Join the VCOS and NVFC to explore decon procedure options for your department. Register today for the upcoming webinar on June 9.

Join the VCOS and NVFC for a 6 part webinar series, where we will explore some of the most important information you need to know when it comes to firefighter cancer risk reduction. We will also discuss the importance of early detection and what to do when a firefighter has cancer.

What were your departmental goals for 2020? Even if meeting those goals might look different now, remember to preserve t...
05/20/2020
Time-traveling to remember your pre-COVID-19 priorities

What were your departmental goals for 2020? Even if meeting those goals might look different now, remember to preserve the intention behind them.

Don’t let the current crisis destroy your previously identified individual goals and departmental priorities

While #COVID19 continues to impact all fire and emergency service agencies, it presents unique challenges for volunteer ...
05/19/2020

While #COVID19 continues to impact all fire and emergency service agencies, it presents unique challenges for volunteer fire departments. Check out the latest iCHIEFS podcast for lessons learned and new strategies moving forward! https://bit.ly/3cfaCFj

The 2020 VCOS election is now open! Be sure to read each candidate’s statement and VOTE.
05/19/2020
Election

The 2020 VCOS election is now open! Be sure to read each candidate’s statement and VOTE.

Current members must have their dues paid through May 31, 2020 to ensure voting eligibility. New members must join by June 10, 2020 to qualify. 

Managing personality types, improving communication among different generations, and instilling values within fire depar...
05/14/2020

Managing personality types, improving communication among different generations, and instilling values within fire departments are just some of the topics included in the virtual Mesmerizing Leadership program. Sign up for the upcoming summer class today! https://bit.ly/35FDVyi

Why ask about values in an interview? Ensuring that a volunteer candidate aligns with the core values of the department ...
05/13/2020
Ask These Value-based Interview Questions to Screen for Culture Fit

Why ask about values in an interview? Ensuring that a volunteer candidate aligns with the core values of the department goes a long way in #retention

If a candidate and a company have opposing views, they may not be a match. Ask these value-based interview questions to dig below the surface.

05/08/2020
COVID-19: Challenges Facing Volunteer Fire Departments

In the latest episode of iCHIEFS podcasts, we're joined by Chief Kevin Cooney and Deputy Chief Edward Rush to discuss the impact #COVID19 has on volunteer fire departments, especially when it comes to staffing, equipping, training, and finances. Listen Now

While COVID-19 continues to impact all fire and emergency service agencies, it presents unique challenges for volunteer fire departments, especially when it comes to staffing, equipment, training, and finances. In this latest installment, Chief Kevin Cooney, South Windsor (CT) Fire Department, and D...

Check out the new VCOS Spring Newsletter! This COVID-19 edition helps navigate the unprecedented challenges we face.
05/08/2020
VCOS News Spring 2020: COVID-19 Edition

Check out the new VCOS Spring Newsletter! This COVID-19 edition helps navigate the unprecedented challenges we face.

The Official Newsletter of the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs

At the end of the Mesmerizing Leadership class, you'll see a significant improvement in productivity, collaboration, and...
05/07/2020

At the end of the Mesmerizing Leadership class, you'll see a significant improvement in productivity, collaboration, and morale within your fire department from implementing the “Mesmerizing Leadership” strategies! Learn more and register for the upcoming summer class!

Learn more at survivingtothriving.me/class
05/04/2020

Learn more at survivingtothriving.me/class

#daretolead
05/01/2020

#daretolead

Please view this special video message from @ChiefGaryLudwig calling on IAFC members to contact their congressional repr...
04/30/2020
200429: Ludwig Call to Action Video

Please view this special video message from @ChiefGaryLudwig calling on IAFC members to contact their congressional representatives in support of the AFG and SAFER grant programs in the next stimulus bill.

Why use performance evaluations for volunteers? Providing feedback to volunteers can help #retain members and help keep ...
04/30/2020
Performance Evaluation of Volunteers

Why use performance evaluations for volunteers? Providing feedback to volunteers can help #retain members and help keep them motivated to serve.

Performance evaluations for volunteers provide a tool for evaluating how well a volunteer is performing on the job. Providing feedback to volunteers can potentially maximize the benefits of volunteer performance and help them remain motivated to serve the organization. Discovering the best methods f...

The IAFC is conducting an Economic Impact Survey to provide data for Fire Service Leaders to ask Congress for more fundi...
04/29/2020
Coronavirus COVID-19

The IAFC is conducting an Economic Impact Survey to provide data for Fire Service Leaders to ask Congress for more funding in response to COVID-19 impacts. Please take this survey to help show the need for more funding.

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Are we building teams or breaking them? Check out this engaging discussion about teams and leadership. #FETalk
04/29/2020
Humpday Hangout: Are We Building Teams or Breaking Them?

Are we building teams or breaking them? Check out this engaging discussion about teams and leadership. #FETalk

Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood are joined by Adam Hansen and Frank Viscuso to talk teams and leadership from the kitchen table to the tailboard critique.

When times are tough, it’s easy to get lost in the uncertainty. What does leadership during a crisis look like?
04/28/2020
Leadership in Tough Times

When times are tough, it’s easy to get lost in the uncertainty. What does leadership during a crisis look like?

Leadership is easy when times are good. But when things get tough, leadership can fall by the wayside. The current crisis with the coronavirus, while scary, doesn’t mean we should abandon our usual leadership practices. It means quite the opposite. We should double down on our efforts.

Last day to complete the Yellow Ribbon Report survey! Please take this 10-minute survey to help provide resources for th...
04/24/2020
Yellow Ribbon Report Survey

Last day to complete the Yellow Ribbon Report survey! Please take this 10-minute survey to help provide resources for the mental wellness and emotional health of all fire-rescue personnel.

VCOS needs YOUR help to provide resources for the mental wellness and emotional health of all fire-rescue personnel.

Missed last week’s webinar on Annual Physicals? Listen to Session 2 of the Surviving the Job Webinar Series.  https://bi...
04/22/2020

Missed last week’s webinar on Annual Physicals? Listen to Session 2 of the Surviving the Job Webinar Series.
https://bit.ly/33OB9pk

View the candidates for the VCOS Board of Directors at . Voting opens May 18 to VCOS members. Be on the lookout for the ...
04/17/2020
Election

View the candidates for the VCOS Board of Directors at . Voting opens May 18 to VCOS members. Be on the lookout for the ballot next month!

Current members must be paid through at least April 30, 2020 to ensure receipt of voting credentials when the election opens in May. New members must join by June 10, 2020 to qualify. 

The VCOS needs YOUR help to provide resources for the mental wellness and emotional health of all fire-rescue personnel....
04/16/2020
Yellow Ribbon Report Survey

The VCOS needs YOUR help to provide resources for the mental wellness and emotional health of all fire-rescue personnel. Please take this 10-minute survey to help guide the 2020 Yellow Ribbon Report update.

VCOS needs YOUR help to provide resources for the mental wellness and emotional health of all fire-rescue personnel.

Last day to register for today’s webinar! Don’t miss Session 2 of the webinar series: Annual Physicals on April 14 at 2 ...
04/14/2020
Surviving the Job Webinar Series: Annual Physicals

Last day to register for today’s webinar! Don’t miss Session 2 of the webinar series: Annual Physicals on April 14 at 2 PM ET. We will discuss the importance of annual physicals and options available to you and your department.

Join the VCOS and NVFC for a 6 part webinar series, where we will explore some of the most important information you need to know when it comes to firefighter cancer risk reduction. We will also discuss the importance of early detection and what to do when a firefighter has cancer.

Recruiting volunteers is all in the way you sell it. Learn key strategies for “making the sale.”
04/10/2020
Make the Sale: Recruiting Volunteers - Fire Engineering

Recruiting volunteers is all in the way you sell it. Learn key strategies for “making the sale.”

The challenge for volunteer-staffed fire departments today is to break the traditional model, seek out new ideas, and try them, writes John M. Buckman III

As we take care of our communities, we must also remember to take care of ourselves. Learn how you can develop a culture...
04/09/2020
Motivating Firefighters to Maintain Physical Fitness - In Public Safety

As we take care of our communities, we must also remember to take care of ourselves. Learn how you can develop a culture of maintaining physical fitness.

Cardiac-related events make up the highest percentage of on-duty deaths among firefighters, pointing to the need for better physical fitness choices.

Help the IAFC evaluate the impacts of Fire and EMS services from COVID-19.
04/08/2020
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Help the IAFC evaluate the impacts of Fire and EMS services from COVID-19.

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Join the VCOS and National Volunteer Fire Council for a 6 part webinar series, where we will explore some of the most im...
04/07/2020

Join the VCOS and National Volunteer Fire Council for a 6 part webinar series, where we will explore some of the most important information you need to know when it comes to firefighter cancer risk reduction. We will also discuss the importance of early detection and what to do when a firefighter has cancer.

Register for this free webinar series at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-the-job-tickets-87141806489

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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.