For 2016, the campaign will focus on the importance of continually learning and growing. Participants from various disciplines will be challenged to share their continuous learning stories and success through the IGNITE the Spark for Leadership - From the Field Challenge.
Theme: The theme for the 2016 campaign is Never Stop Learning. The Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program recognizes learning as a fundamental process in becoming and remaining leaders. Leaders are focused on continual improvement; they seek out and assimilate best practices that improve themselves and their organizations.
Task: Provide an opportunity for personnel at the local level—whether collectively or through self-development—to focus leadership development activities relating to the national challenge theme: Never Stop Learning.
- To foster a cohesive effort to promote leadership development across disciplines.
- To provide a template that can be used to encourage leadership development at the local unit level.
- To provide a mechanism to collect innovative leadership development efforts and share across disciplines.
Dates of Challenge: Any time between January 1, 2016, and November 30, 2016.
Length of Challenge: Determined locally to meet the goals and the objectives of the local unit or team.
Audience: The target audience is all wildland fire personnel—line-going and support; however, we encourage other disciplines to IGNITE the Spark for Leadership and take the challenge.
Implementation: The campaign is flexible. Local units or teams may use or adapt any or all materials contained within this document or develop a program or activity spotlighting the campaign theme. Campaign coordinators are encouraged to think outside the confines of the template and develop a program that meets local and individual needs. Innovation should fuel your challenge delivery: workshops or tailgate sessions, to kick off staff meetings, as a team activity or self-directed, etc.
- Local: Local unit leaders and managers will determine what “success” looks like and how participation will be recognized by those involved.
- A sample certificate is available at the end of this document to acknowledge students of fire participating in the leadership challenge at the local level.
- Contact information:
- Name of participating unit/team
- Point of contact (POC) name
- POC contact information (telephone, physical address, and e-mail)
- Number of individuals participating
- Brief description of campaign activities
- Supplementary materials, including, but not limited to, photos, videos, and information used in the campaign.
- Promote your leadership campaign through social media networks such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Contact the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee Campaign and Social Media Coordinator for inclusion on the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program social media platforms.
- Electronically: BLM_FA_Leadership_Feedback@
- Telephone: 208-387-5318