USFS Fire Suppression: Foundational Doctrine
The Future of Fire Service Training and Education
USMC Doctrine: Warfighting
Making It Happen
Reading and understanding the ideas in this publication are the initial
steps on the path to becoming more creative and decisive leaders and fire
fighters. The primary way a fire fighter becomes a fire leader is through
training and education, both of which are firmly rooted in doctrine. Doctrine
establishes the philosophy and practical framework for how we fight fire.
Education develops the understanding, creativity, judgment, and the background
essential for effective fire line leadership. Training follows doctrine
and develops the tactical and technical proficiency that underlies all
successful action. On-the-job training completes the picture by allowing
individuals and groups to integrate their training and education, producing
a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. The lessons we learn
from training and operational experience then modify doctrine.
Doctrine establishes the fundamental beliefs of the Forest Service on
the subject of fire suppression and how we practice our profession. Doctrine
establishes a particular way
of thinking about fire suppression and our way of fire suppression, a
philosophy for leading fire fighters on the fire line, a mandate for professionalism,
and a common language. Doctrinal development benefits from our collective
experience and distills its lessons to further education and training.
Our doctrine within the Forest Service begins with the philosophy contained
in our mission statement. This philosophy underlies publications that
contain tactics, techniques, and procedures for specific functions. This
body of thought helps form fire fighters and fire suppression leaders
through its implementation in education and training.