National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

Professional Reading Program

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

The books found in the Professional Reading Program list are tools that can be used to sharpen our skills and help us become better firefighters and leaders.
Category: Leadership
Core Component(s): Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 1:51



Pick a book from the Professional Reading Program list, read it, discuss it, and debate and think critically about the book’s ideas.

Facilitator Preparation

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

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the discussion questions below.
  • After watching the video, share the Professional Reading Program and discuss books from the list that the audience may enjoy.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you read any books on the Professional Reading Program list? Does your module or local unit implement the Professional Reading Program?
  2. Mobile devices have changed the way we do many things, including how, when, and where we read. How have mobile devices changed your reading habits?
  3. Has taking books with you when traveling on assignment been made easier, how so?
  4. Have other entertainment options on mobile devices stolen your attention from reading?
  5. Are reading lists with discussion guides tools that you use or will use in the future? Why or why not?


Additional Video Information

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