National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

Fireline Leadership

RT-130 Decorative banner. Group of photos depicting wildland firefighters performing various duties.

The leadership environment in itself is made up of the leader, the people, the situation and the consequences.
Category: Leadership
Core Component(s): Local Topics;
Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned;
Human Factors, Communication and Decision Making

Estimated Delivery Time: 1 hour; Video Length: 20:56



Examine leadership and leadership development efforts within the wildland fire service. Establish dialogue regarding resiliency, innovation, and effective leadership across generational boundaries and gaps.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions relevant to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the activity and discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. What kind of atmosphere do resilient teams foster?
  2. Does good leadership require students of fire and leadership to innovate? What does the term innovation mean and what innovations should the wildland fire service pursue?
  3. Effective leaders know how to lead across generational boundaries. What examples were provided in the video related to generational boundaries? Discuss how members of all generations can help bridge the gaps.
  4. What are some things your module or team utilizes to develop young leaders?


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