The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) recently hosted an interagency L-280 course titled Followership to Leadership. This course was part of the Southwest Idaho Fire Training week, implemented each year by the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM. This two-day course consisted of one day in the classroom and a second day in the field. Students especially love the second day, as they're put together into teams and challenged with activities that test their problem-solving skills. Most of the challenges revolve around communication and using the varying styles of leadership.
|Damian Martinez, Boise BLM Firefighter, briefs his crew of interagency firefighters on the situation they face.|
|On the right, Boise BLMer Carl Bernardi passes his teammate Damian Martinez through the "electric fence" to two USFS employees – without sizzling him on the tarp.|
|In the middle of a blindfolded walk, USFS and BLM firefighters are guided only by a whistle to stay between the lines and step over obstacles.|
Said one student, "I love the L-courses because there's no death by PowerPoint!"
Story and photos by Kari Boyd-Peak, NIFC External Affairs
Story reprinted from The BLM Daily, June 13, 2016.