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A public neighborhood within wildfirelessons.net called the "Fireline Leadership Reading Room" was established as a forum for students of fire to discuss books their local unit is reading and/or wants to share with other members of the fire service. Join today!

We have also developed a task, purpose, and end state for the reading program to make its intent clear.

The Professional Reading Program is tasked with providing a program and delivery system of literature designed to foster leadership development at all levels of the fire service. It is here as an additional tool to help develop current and future leaders using reading to expand the breadth and depth of their leadership skills. The end state of the PRP is a sustainable and adaptable program that is engaged by leaders of all levels to support a continued growth in leadership through reading.

The Resilient Team

PRP Leadership Challenge:

The WFDLP has issued a reading challenge for Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robertson's, "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10." "Lone Survivor" highlights the courage of SEAL Team 10 as they fight a desperate and doomed battle in the mountains of Afghanistan. There are many lessons to be learned from the leadership and teamwork displayed by such a resilient and elite group of fighters.

The intent is to read and discuss the book throughout the spring and summer. As a capstone to the discussion, readers will be encouraged to venture into the Leadership in Cinema realm and watch and discuss Peter Berg's, "Lone Survivor," currently in theaters and estimated to be released on DVD/Blu-ray in May 2014.

"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" Reading Schedule

Discussions will be hosted in the Fireline Leadership Reading Room at wildfirelessons.net.

  • March discussion - Chapters 1-3 (pages 1-123 paperback)
  • April discussion - Chapters 4-6 (pages 123-223 paperback)
  • May discussion - Chapters 7-9 (pages 223-330 paperback)
  • June discussion - Chapters 10-12 (pages 330-444 paperback)
  • July discussion - Comparing the movie "Lone Survivor" to the book "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10."

If you have questions regarding the Professional Reading Program, send an e-mail to BLM_FA_Leadership_Feedback@blm.gov.

Articles and official documents that are on the Web, such as accident investigations, are linked here. Many can be downloaded and printed. Many of the books are available in libraries. Most books listed are currently available on the Web through various sources such as Amazon at www.amazon.com or Barnes & Noble at www.barnesandnoble.com or Books Price at www.booksprice.com.

All branches of the United States military have professional reading programs and a key part of those programs is the recommendation that every leader read at least two books a year. Many corporations have required readings for their supervisors and managers. For several hundred dollars, a fire organization can put together a good library from the titles on this list and implement a reading program on their home unit. How many of our young firefighters know what happened at South Canyon? How many have read anything that discusses the principles of sound leadership? How many have read stories from other disciplines or endeavors that describe leaders in action?

This is not busy work; this is not drudgery. These readings will provoke reflection, discussion, and debate. The selected titles have been chosen for their intrinsic excitement as well as their content. Many of the books will be hard to put down. Let this be your roadmap to an enjoyable and rewarding reading program.

The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee is the sponsor for this resource.