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.


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

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work4
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training16
Total Hours20

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for L-280 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

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.

Course Level


Associated Position Task Books

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