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MCS has a proven track record of delivering a consistently high-quality Incident Leadership program. By choosing MCS, your organization gets the greatest value for its training investment.

Students get practical experience

Did you know that…..

  • Students spend more than 80 percent of the course in a simulation and related activities. The course provides ample opportunities to practice concepts as well as to receive feedback for improvement.
  • With a student/teacher ratio of 6/1, students receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring regularly throughout the course.
  • Anecdotal feedback indicates that the challenges that surface during the simulation mirror real-world challenges later encountered in incident response.

You get depth of expertise

Did you know that…..

  • MCS designed, built, and delivered the original Incident Leadership course in 2003.
  • The NWCG used the learning objectives and program design of MCS’s Incident Leadership as the basis for the L-381 specification.

You get performance

Did you know that…..

  • MCS has successfully completed contracts to deliver L-381 to more than 70 governmental agencies at federal, state, local, and tribal levels.
  • MCS offers Incident Leadership internationally, with courses conducted in Canada and Australia as well as in the U.S.
  • Nearly 5,000 students have graduated from the MCS Incident Leadership program.

You get professionalism

Did you know that…..

  • MCS instructors are full-time trainers. Each instructor completes a comprehensive training program that ensures consistent, professional performance in every L-381 course no matter where or when they are delivered.

You get value

Did you know that…..

  • Considering the sum of all costs – design, development, implementation, delivery, evaluation, maintenance, and continuing student support, the MCS L-381 program delivers the highest value at the lowest overall cost when compared to programs delivered by competitors.
  • MCS has been an approved vendor for L-381 since the inception of the L-series curriculum. Every L-381 program conducted by MCS meets all NWCG requirements; therefore, all graduates receive NWCG credit for the MCS program.
  • Answers about schedule, facilities requirements, certifications, and more.

About NWCG L-381

L-381 is part of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group L-series curriculum encompassing training programs designed for different levels of leaders. Some programs are available off the shelf; however, the advanced programs, such as L-380 and L-381, exist only as specifications in the L-series curriculum.

NWCG L-381 is not a course – it is a course specification consisting of learning objectives and course parameters. The specification does not contain content other than a topic and objective list. The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee oversees providers willing to invest the time and money to design and build programs to meet the specification. If the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee deems that a provider’s program and cadre adequately meets the specification, the provider’s program can be used to obtain L-381 credit.

The NWCG website has the current list of providers.