Operational Leadership

Course Overview

EMSI’s Operational Leadership course is our version of the NWCG L-380 course.  Intended primarily for Operations Section personnel and Unit Leader positions, this course builds upon the EMSI Developing Incident Leaders course and covers the tools and techniques to effectively lead small teams.  This course will enhance students’ understanding of the human dimension when leading others in an incident management environment.

Specific Course Topics

  • Leadership Styles
  • Effective Communications
  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Management
  • Detecting and Mitigating Errors
  • Stress Management

Target Audience

Operations Section personnel, Unit Leaders, and other IMT members


Four or Five Days (32-40 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

  • ICS-300
  • Position Specific ICS Training
  • Developing Incident Leaders (or L-280 equivalent)


  • NWCG L-380