The New Superintendents Academy (NSA) recently conducted NSA Leading People class at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho. There were twenty superintendents participating in the class. NSA Leading People is based on the Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Leading People’s four focal leader competencies of Team Building, Conflict Management, Developing Others, and Leveraging Diversity.
The NSA, initiated in 2008, is a program specifically designed to assist newly assigned superintendents to be more effective and efficient leaders in their first superintendency. This robust program includes individual and group components, blending self-directed activities with experiential, cohort-style learning events.
NSA now has 89 graduates, representing every NPS region, but serves a greater population of experienced superintendents and other leaders who attend the free webinars on a variety of supervisory, leadership and management topics.
While at NIFC, the group was greeted by NPS Fire and Aviation (FAM) Division Chief, Tom Nichols, met National Park Service FAM staff, toured the NIFC campus, and got an up close and personal view of the C-130 MAFFS [Modular Airborne Firefighting System] that were based at NIFC during the time of the academy.