In 1986, the Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC) was established as the Chief Officers Resource Committee under the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPFF). In 2005 the BCOC incorporated as a 501(c)(3).
Today, the BCOC is a premier networking organization representing more than 500 Black Chief Officers in emergency response and preparedness services in the United States, Africa, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Its mission is to improve the educational and networking resources available to minority fire and emergency service personnel receive who aspire to the highest management levels in the profession.
The BCOC is also a standing committee under the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPFF), which has a membership of over 5,500 fire service men and women.