Friday, August 1, 2014

From "Cold Water" to "All In"

South Zone - Uinta Wasatch Cache personnel

Members of the South Zone of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest‘s are stepping up to take the the wildland fire leadership challenge as posted on the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program's Facebook page on June 11, 2014.

If you missed the challenge, here it is again:
We're "CALLING OUT" All Wildland Firefighters!
Cold water challenges have proven a great way to support local charities, many of whom respond in the aftermath of a wildland fire tragedy. The Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program (WFLDP) was created out of our tragedies "to promote cultural change in the work force and to emphasize the vital importance of leadership concepts in the wildland fire service by providing education and leadership development opportunities." 
Wildland firefighting is a dangerous job, and we owe it to our fallen to learn from their sacrifices and do everything within our power to ensure that everyone comes home. South Canyon and Yarnell were defining moments in our history. Cultivating a culture of followership where great leaders can emerge to create healthy organizations is paramount. Therefore, we are CALLING OUT all members of the wildland fire service to accept the IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Challenge. Leadership is ACTION, and we have set some goals that only you can help us reach: 
1) Identify a Leadership Advocate(s) whose job is to:
2) Help us reach roll right over the 5,000 Facebook follower milestone before "A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn" from June 30-July 6. We know you can do it!
3) Help us increase our weekly blog followership by 10%. 
As we approach the anniversary of two organizationally changing events, we are CALLING OUT all members of the wildland fire service to IGNITE the Spark for Leadership and SHARE throughout their networks!
What We Are Doing to IGNITE the Spark

As the South Zone FMO of the Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, I had the opportunity recently to engage the Northern Utah Regulars Type 2 IA crew in the 2014 National Reading Challenge as they were being mobilized to fires in Idaho. Although the majority of crew were resources from within the South Zone, firefighters from the North Zone and the BLM's West Desert District were invited to participate and readily accepted the book and the challenge.

As part of the challenge, each member of the crew was handed a copy of Lone Survivor. My leader's intent and reading assignments were then given to challenge participants.
  South Zone - Uinta Wasatch Cache personnel

This was also a good time to re-cap what we had accomplished and learned to this pointin our journey to build a resilient team, starting with the South Canyon Staff Ride earlier this season, to the recent Week To Remember conversations. Intra-module and individual learning is taking shape and headed in the right direction based off the talking points and topics discussed so far this season. We will get together again soon and go through the reading assignments to see what we have learned so far.
More to come soon….


Allen Briggs is the South Zone Fire Management Officer on the Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
2014 Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign logo

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