VCOS and TargetSafety Announce Training Officer Recognition Award


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - April 21, 2011 - A new training officer recognition program from the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS), a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and TargetSafety recognizes the training officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The 2011 Training Officer Recognition Award recipient will receive free registration to FRI 2011, roundtrip airfare to the event and a three-night stay at a conference hotel.

The award program, open to fire chiefs, training officers and others whose focus is on fire service education, recognizes those who make a difference in the community by exhibiting unbridled commitment and dedication to their departments. The nominee with the highest overall qualifications, as judged by the award committee, will receive the honor.

Those who wish to enter or nominate a training officer must fill out the nomination form on the VCOS website by June 1, 2011. The winner will be notified by July 1, 2011.

Chief Timothy Wall, Chair, VCOS: "There are so many training officers who overcome challenges and do all they can to improve the industry. We wanted a way to thank the officer that stands out for his/her hard work, tireless efforts and nonstop dedication, even at a time when training requirements grow and resources are often dwindling. This program is a way for us to give a little something back and say thank you for everything he/she brings to the industry."

Bruce Kaechele, President and CEO, TargetSafety:"TargetSafety is honored to be a part of a program that rewards the training officer that stands out for benefitting the industry. We look up to all of those who spend their time working to ensure the safety and success of others, displaying the kind of effort it takes to truly make a difference in the world. When the economic climate produces new challenges, it's inspirational to see a training officer rise above the obstacles and produce such success."

The mission of the IAFC's Volunteer & Combination Officers Section is to provide Chief Officers who manage volunteers within the Fire/Rescue/EMS delivery system with information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. For more information, please visit:

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