The International Association of Fire Chief’s VCOS’ Symposium in the Sun is coming this November to Clearwater Beach, Fla. The special educational program provides leadership training to help identify the specific needs of volunteer leadership. Firefighters from all over the United States will attend, providing attendees an opportunity to network and share solutions.

The VCOS, which is one of TargetSolutions’ valued partners, is offering several chances to win scholarships for this special event. Two winners will be chosen to receive $1,500 to attend the symposium, which is scheduled Nov. 12-15 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Please click here to learn more and sign up. All scholarship applications are due Aug. 30.

Award opportunities are also available for this conference. Winners of each award will have their travel, lodging and registration for the symposium covered. Applications are due Aug. 31. Here is an overview of award opportunities:

John M. Buckman III Award: Sponsored by Provident Insurance, this award is given to a chief officer of a volunteer or combination department who demonstrates exemplary leadership, integrity and outstanding moral values. More Information >

Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations Achievement Award: Sponsored by VFIS, this award recognizes an emergency service organization that has experienced a significant and verifiable reduction in collisions/incidents/crashes during the period June 1, 2014–May 31, 2015. More Information >

Retention and Recruitment Award: Sponsored by VFIS, this award recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. More Information >