Training Opportunities for 2016

From Xbox to the Box Alarm:

June 19, 2016 Ocean City MD


Rescue or Recovery

June 21, 2016 Ocean City Convention CenterĀ Rescue or Recovery

2016 VCOS Symposium in the West

This is going to be a two day symposium.
Volunteer & Combinations Officers Section (VCOS) of the IAFC
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM – Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM (PDT)
Reno, NV

Symposium in the West will offer dynamic leadership education specifically designed for volunteer and combination chief officers. Here attendees will connect and develop a valuable network of like-minded peers.
Mark your calendar and put Symposium in the West in your 2016 budget.

Beyond Hoses and Helmets

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:

Team building
Training development
Conflict resolution
Principles of negotiation
Verbal communications

FROG: Fire Rescue Organizational Guidance for Volunteer Leaders

Volunteer and Combination Officers Section of the IAFC

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.
Participants work together to develop solutions to common leadership challenges through scenario and facilitated-based discussions. Topics include analyzing and understanding the fire department’s people, processes and culture. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have practical guidelines, customized to their organization, which can be immediately implemented upon returning home.

The course was developed by the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Leading the Transition in Volunteer & Combination Departments (LTC)

This program is available to assist departments that are changing status; from all volunteer to combination and increasing the combination factor. There are also discussions about moving from a career department to a combination department.