"Fire leaders build cohesive teams--not simply groups to individuals putting forth individual efforts--to accomplish missions in high-risk environments." (Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 52)
As we begin to see fire activity increase and seasonal wildland firefighters return to work, it is time to talk team. The time and effort a leader devotes up front in creating a well-functioning and cohesive team will pay off with great rewards in the end. In Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, we highlight the following topics regarding "Building the Team." (Refer to pages 52 through 55.)
- Healthy Conflict
- Peer Accountability
- Team Results
If you are not familiar with Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, take the time now to become a student of fire and read the publication. This publication provides the framework for the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program.
- "Crew Cohesion Assessment Tool" developed by Mission-Centered Solutions and available in the Leadership Toolbox
- "Team Management Skills--the Core Skills Needed to Manage Your Team" by Mindtools