L-381, Incident Leadership
This is a leadership development training recommendation for incident response personnel who will function in fireline command roles. The training should be designed to provide at least 50% of the delivery time as exercises and simulations. 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 18-25 students.
THIS IS NOT A COURSE PACKAGE AVAILABLE IN THE NWCG PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee has oversight and maintenance responsibility for the L-381 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 materials should address these topic areas:
- Command presence/climate
- Leader’s intent
- Command and control
- Rapid team building
- Communication techniques
- Detecting and mitigating error
- Operational tempo awareness
- The intent of this training recommendation is to provide future leaders of divisions, groups, and Type 3 incidents with the leadership tools to effectively exert command and control over a quickly assembled team in a time constrained and rapidly changing incident environment.
L-381 is available as classroom instructor-led training.
Course Components and Hours to Complete
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Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for L-381 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.
Prerequisite Qualifications and Training
- Qualified as any Strike Team Leader, Task Force Leader (TFLD), Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), any support unit leader, or Supervisory Dispatcher.
- Successful completion of L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service.
- Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.
Regional, state, or area
Associated Position Task Books
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