National Wildfire Coordinating Group

L-280, Followership to Leadership, 2008

L-280 Decorative banner. Four photos depicting wildland fire single resource positions. Heavy equipment boss watches as backhoe moves heavy timber on hill. Engine Boss pulls hose as he walks away from a wildland fire engine truck. A felling boss talks into handheld radio with his chain saw sitting in front of him. A crew boss talks on handheld radio while four crew members stand nearby.

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This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topics include leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decision-making, and after action review techniques. Some course delivery may be arduous in nature.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental leadership principles.
  • Students will assess their individual traits and motivation for entering into a leadership role.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as a single resource boss.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Experience on incident assignments in operations or support functions.
  • Successful completion of L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



L-280 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 4
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16
Total Hours 20

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be qualified as any Single Resource Boss. Unit instructors must have a supervisory qualification in any ICS function (operations or support).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2003-05


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