‘Beyond Hoses and Helmets’

CarolinaFireJournal -

01/11/2011 -

The Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs is offering an educational training course designed by practicing chief officers that delivers real world expertise through an interactive educational experience. The course is titled “Beyond Hoses and Helmets – Strategy and Tactics of Leading a Volunteer or Combination Fire/Rescue Organization.”


The United States Fire Administration and the National Emergency Training Center provided technical support in the development of course material and supporting documents. VCOS instructors will present this course at the Charlotte Fire Training Academy Jan. 21-22, 2011. This course will provide chief officers who manage volunteers within the fire/rescue/delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.

“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 Communication

Additional information can be found on the following website Beyond Hoses & Helmets or contact Kevin S. Gordon at [email protected] 980-722-3305.
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