Friday, August 26, 2016

L-580 Strategic Leader Program - San Diego County Megafires: An All-Hazards Interactive Case Study

Chief (retired) Kelly Zombro briefing L-580 participants at the San Diego Country Estates, California

Participants should be senior incident managers, senior leaders of emergency response agencies, public utilities and other critical infrastructure; leaders in the agency administrator role, elected officials and appointees who would likely be involved in setting the strategic direction of a large scale event.

Historical Firestorm events in the San Diego region have been on unprecedented, fast moving scales of complexity. The scope of the Political, Security, Economic, Social, Infrastructure and Information (PSESII) dimensions have presented huge challenges to incident and emergency managers.

The overall end state is a rich learning experience where participants return to their organizations with new experiences, knowledge and tools, better prepared for complex incidents of the future.

Specific objectives include:
  • The ability to apply critical thinking to planning at the strategic level beyond what ICS processes offer now.
  • The ability to respond, anticipate, plan and execute within the PSESII dimensions of the incident while setting conditions for operational and tactical success.
  • The ability to establish highly effective incident response structures using decentralized command and control models and intent based operations.
Hosted at the Barona Resort and Casino, Lakeside, CA, November 7-8-9, 2016. 
  • Sunday, November 6th – Check-In starts in the afternoon for those staying at the hotel
  • Monday, November 7th – Program starts at 8 a.m. Presentations on leading strategic response to large scale disasters
  • Tuesday, November 8th – Facilitated site visits with 2003 Cedar Fire Decision Makers, evening social with Sandra Millers Younger, author of “The Fire Outside My Window”
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Hands on earthquake/tsunami scenario & exercise to apply new tools, finishing up at noon
Tuition is $1250 and Monday lunch; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Wednesday breakfast are provided. Barona is also offering a discounted hotel rate.

Sponsors: San Diego Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Regional Disaster Fund Board, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Motorola Solutions, Inc., U.S. Forest Service, Barona Band of Mission Indians, Wawanesa Insurance, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Barona Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department, San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, National Wildfire Coordinating Group, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Registration: The course is limited to 40 participants. Please send initial RSVP by registering through the IAFC Academy Inquiries can be sent to for assistance.

L-580 is currently the highest level leader development requirement in the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) “L” Series Curriculum. Participants completing the program will be awarded an NWCG Certificate for L-580: Leadership is Action. Program presented by Mission-Centered Solutions, Inc.

[For those managed by a federal Geographic Area Training Representative, you would submit your request to your GATR to be managed under the national L-580 priority list.]

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