L-481, Advanced Leadership for Command and General Staff

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Course Description

This is a leadership development recommendation that focuses on leadership within the context of large/complex incident management, to include team collective tasks and functions accomplished by large Incident Management Teams (IMTs). Individual tasks include functioning as a productive member of a staff organization, being a positive contributor to staff decision-making, maintaining a common operating picture, demonstrating staff member ethos, and projecting operational culture and leader’s intent.


The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee has maintenance responsibility for the L-481 course package 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.fireleadership.gov/courses/courses.html.

Selected course materials should address these topics:

  • Establishing a staff value system, team culture, and command presence
  • Developing and maintaining a team-level common operating picture
  • Developing and communicating leader’s intent through a critical thinking process
  • Propagating intent at all levels of the incident organization
  • Effectively operate in the ICS system and utilize ICS products and doctrine
  • Promoting integration of functional areas and a high-level of teamwork into strategic planning

Course Objective:

  • The intent of this training is to produce Command and General Staff members who can fulfill the responsibilities of an effective staff officer or section chief within an IMT, contribute effectively to an IMT’s decision-making process, and perform as an effective organizational leader in their own functional area and as a member of the IMT.

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-481 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:

Finance/Administration Section Chief Type 2 (FSC2), Incident Commander Type 1 (ICT1), Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2), Logistics Section Chief Type 2 (LSC2), Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2), Public Information Officer Type 2 (PIO2), Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2), Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2).

Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified in a command or general staff position on an Incident Management Team.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


Associated Position Task Books

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