VCOS Marks 10th Anniversary

Wall, Timothy S.
August 2005
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p14
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The article reports that Volunteer and Combination Officer's (VCOS) Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs has reached its 10-year milestone. Founded as the Volunteer Chief Officer's Section by a handful of dedicated and driven individuals, the section today has more than 2,200 members and is known widely in the fire service simply as VCOS. The initial goals of the section were to represent the interests of volunteer chief officers on the legislative front and to develop their educational opportunities. Chief John Buckman of German Township, Indiana, held the first meeting. A membership recruitment drive reaching chief officers all across the U.S. was developed. The section's recent accomplishments include, 21st Century Leadership Classes; A Call for Action; The Blue Ribbon Report; and Symposium in the Sun. VCOS has received a true commitment from various exhibitors, vendors and businesses interested in promoting the fire service.


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