Staff rides are a superb tool for developing the decision-making skills of leaders at all levels. The staff ride allows the participant to examine and analyze fireground decisions made by leaders of the past in concert with an on-scene study of the actual terrain upon which the fire was fought. The National Fire Plan fully endorses the use of staff rides as a decision-making and leadership development tool for fire management personnel at all levels and lists the implementation of this technique as Task G1B / Item 4 in the 10 Year Comprehensive Strategy. In addition, several agency letters have been issued in support of this technique.
The following references provide information about Staff Rides in the wildland fire service:
The following document can be used as a guide to assist in the development of new Staff Rides:
The following links provide additional information regarding the use of Staff Rides in other organizations: