National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

Seahawks Leadership Teamwork Communication

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

Extensive focus on communication, humility, pride and teamwork.
Category: Leadership
Core Component(s): Local Topics;
Human Factors, Communication and Decision Making

Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 11:15



Successful organizations outside of the fire and military communities also rely on effective leadership, teamwork, and communication.

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.

Discussion Questions

  1. The video focused on three main elements: leadership, teamwork, and communication. What effective methods or techniques from the video do you see demonstrated in your current work environment (on your crew, in the office, or on the fireline)? Provide specific examples.
  2. What are the effective methods or techniques discussed in the video that do not happen in your organization? What can you do to improve the conditions in these three areas? Provide specific examples.

Use these quotes from Seattle’s coaches to assist in generating discussion:

  • Leadership: Meet the needs of others, allow individuality, and provide useful feedback.
    • “My role is to help train up other coaches and the players as well…”
    • “Humility is a huge portion that we can lose sight of…”
  • Teamwork: Help others around you, focus on what you can control, and be a positive influence
    • “How about if we have no weak link? Who’s responsible for that?”
    • “Everybody has strengths; everybody has weaknesses…fill in the gaps where you feel you can best serve.”
  • Communication: Provide clear intent, ask for feedback, and use cohesive language
    • “Our communication starts at the top.”
    • “I think the most important thing for us is our language…”

Additional Video Information

This video is also available as a download (130 MB).
Download the .srt file for closed captioning (you may need to right click and Save As). For information on how to add closed captioning to a video, see this how to page.

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