National Wildfire Coordinating Group

L-580, Leadership Is Action, N/A

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This is a continuing education opportunity available to senior fire management leaders. The intent is to foster exchange of knowledge and experience in the art of leading during high-risk and complex incidents.

THIS IS NOT A COURSE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FROM THE NWCG PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. Specific course information can be found at the Wildland Fire Leadership website

Selected course materials should address these topics:

  • Focus on leadership actions, decision-making, and critical thinking at the strategic level
  • Include structured facilitation of interactive group discussions and/or activities
  • Involve pre- and/or post-study activities related to the specific event


  • L-580 is designed to elicit an emotional impact driving behavioral/leadership changes within senior leadership of organizations; these leaders often have decades of experience and fixed behaviors.

Target Group

Senior-level leaders and decision makers, including, but not restricted to, Agency Administrators and Incident Management Organizations (Type 1, Type 2, Area Command, and NIMO).  Senior-level leaders and decision makers, including, but not restricted to, IMT Command and General Staff, fire and aviation leaders from national, regional, or state offices, and Agency Administrators/Line Officers involved in managing complex incidents.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Previous attendance at other L-courses is highly recommended.
  • 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.



Delivery varies by provider.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

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

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

For instructions on how to become a course provider, including guiding principles, minimum instructor qualifications, and certification process, refer to Reference Materials for Becoming an NWCG L-Course Provider.

Curriculum lead contact list.

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

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