When people from your organization need credit for L-380, selecting MCS makes a big difference in what you get for your training dollars.

You get depth of expertise

Did you know that…..

  • MCS designed, built, and delivered the original Fireline Leadership course in 1999.
  • The NWCG used the learning objectives and program design of MCS’s Fireline Leadership as the basis for the L-380 specification.

You get performance

Did you know that…..

  • MCS has more than 50 times more experience teaching L-380 than any other provider – government or commercial.
  • The MCS L-380 program has been tested for effectiveness five different times by independent firms and clients. No other provider (nor the agency-provided package) has ever been formally tested for effectiveness.
  • Unlike the practice of any other provider, MCS records and retains every student evaluation from every course. Our records are open as proof – all 20,000 of them.

You get professionalism

Did you know that…..

  • MCS instructors are full-time trainers, not people who train as part of their collateral duties. Every instructor completes a comprehensive training program that ensures consistent, professional performance in all L-380 courses no matter where or when they are delivered.
  • The revision cycle for an MCS L-380 program is typically less than four months. Since 1999, the MCS L-380 program has been updated fourteen times, representing both major and minor program revisions.

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-380 program delivers the highest value at the lowest overall cost when compared to programs delivered by competitors.

About NWCG L-380

L-380 is part of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group L-series curriculum of 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-380 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 list of objectives. The NWCG Leadership Subcommittee oversees providers willing to invest the time and money to design and build programs that 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-380 credit. For a student to receive an NWCG certificate the course must be hosted by an NWCG member or an NWCG member agency can print the certificates for another organization.

The NWCG website has the current list of providers: http://www.fireleadership.gov/courses/L_380/L380_approved_providers.html

Two types of organizations currently offer L-380-certified programs:

  • Professional training organizations such as Mission-Centered Solutions, Inc., (MCS) and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) that employ their own cadre members and use their own course materials.
  • The Pacific Northwest Training Center (PNTC) in Redmond, Oregon, is an interagency center that employs an ad hoc mix of independent contract instructors and agency personnel to deliver a wildland-based courseware package developed by PNTC in 2005.
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