L-380, Fireline Leadership

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Course Description

This is a leadership development training recommendation for unit supervisors. The training should be designed to provide at least 50% of the delivery time as exercises and simulations. Some approved course packages may be arduous in nature. Low student-to-instructor ratios are necessary for successful exercise/simulation-based training delivery. A dedicated cadre of at least three instructors is recommended for a class size of 20-25 students.


The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee has oversight and maintenance responsibility for the L-380 criteria and evaluation process. However, the delivery process used to meet this training recommendation will need to be determined by the hosting agency. Specific course information can be found at the Wildland Fire Leadership website at https://www.nwcg.gov/wfldp.

Selected course material should address these topics:

  • Application of leadership styles
  • Communicating vision and intent
  • Team building
  • Detecting operational error
  • Managing stress

Course Objective:

  • The intent of this training recommendation is to provide unit supervisors with the tools to build and maintain effective and cohesive crews/teams.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work8
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours40

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for L-380 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:


Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Strike Team Leader or unit leader.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Incident personnel with supervisory responsibilities. Successful completion of L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service. Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

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