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Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground


Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground

by Rick Lasky, Fire Chief (ret.), Lewisville, Texas, and John Salka, Battalion Chief (ret.), FDNY 

Rick Lasky and John Salka are two of the most dynamic and inspirational leaders in the fire service.

Their book, Five Alarm Leadership, is a compilation of leadership lessons learned, situations handled, decisions made, and problems solved during their combined 60-plus years of fire service experience. Also included is a special introduction by Chief (ret.) Bobby Halton, Editor-in-Chief of Fire Engineering magazine, outlining the nature of transformational leadership and its power to inspire excellence in the fire service.


  • Introduction by Bobby Halton
  • Defining leadership
  • Brotherhood
  • Managers enforce rules, leaders promote values
  • Supervision
  • Think of a great leader
  • Getting things done
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Insight
  • Interest
  • Inspiration
  • Intensity
  • Information
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • It’s your time to lead

John & Rick


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Pride & Ownership Audio Book

Pride and Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job

Audio Book

I would like to personally welcome you to the audio book version of Pride and Ownership, a Firefighter’s Love of the Job.  The book is a living, breathing, testament of how the fire service should be and the respect, honor, and admiration that it deserves.  Whether you're new to the fire service, been in it for years, or retired, it'll get you fired up, the way you were when you walked into the firehouse for the very first time. Take that journey back where you can visit our heritage and fire service history, learn about the celebrations and ceremonies that stoke the flames of tradition.  We'll take you from the moment you walk to the fire house door and introduce you to the greatest profession in the world.

Man I love being a firefighter!

Rick Lasky, Fire Chief (ret.)
Lewisville, Texas


Pride & Ownership Full Day Seminar DVD

Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job

Rick Lasky’s Inspirational Full Day Seminar

In energizing sessions with firefighters from across the Midwest, Chief Rick Lasky presents his renowned full day seminar on instilling pride and ownership in the fire service. Throughout this one-of-a-kind presentation, Chief Lasky offers upfront and honest criticism on the need to reignite the love of the job at every level, from chief down to probie.

Fire departments throughout North America have actively sought out his candid view of the importance of history, traditions, and brotherhood in the fire service. Chief Lasky’s inspirational voice, calling all firefighters to take pride and ownership in their vocation, is an invaluable experience for every department large or small, career or volunteer.


  • Our Mission
  • The Firefighter             
  • The Company Officer
  • The Chief        
  • Our Two Families         
  • Sweating the Small Stuff
  • Changing Shirts-The Promotion            
  • What September 11th Did To Us and For Us
  • Ceremonies That Stoke the Flames of Tradition
  • Marketing Your Fire Department
  • Making It All Happen and Taking Care of Number 1
  • Have You Forgotten?


Pride & Ownership Keynote Speech DVD

SKU/ID: PO1312

Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job

Keynote Speech

In this thought-provoking and inspirational session from FDIC, Chief Rick Lasky gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs and on down.  Learn what you can do to drive your members to take pride in their job and assume ownership.  This DVD is an excellent companion to the book, Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job.

Running time: 31 minutes


Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job

SKU/ID: PO1311

Pride and Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job

By Rick Lasky, Fire Chief (ret.), Lewisville, Texas

Ignite Your Love for the Job

Pride and Ownership holds no punches. Chief Rick Lasky takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element that makes it effective: passion. Chief Lasky gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs on down.

Do you have what it takes?

Not everyone is cut out for the fire service. It takes only the best to serve the public when people need help most. Pride and Ownership calls for men and women with honor and integrity to measure up to the task.

There’s nothing else in the world like being a firefighter

Every day Chief Lasky remembers why his job is the best in the world and he brings that passion to Pride and Ownership. Lasky revisits the proud history and tradition of the fire service and reflects on the family values and brotherhood that have made firefighting a truly family-oriented vocation.

Special Features:

  • History and traditions of the fire service with overviews of some of the most important fire service leaders
  • Detailed explanation of ceremonies for all occasions from a firefighter’s initiation to retirement
  • Over 150 photos displaying rites and ceremonies
  • Helpful appendixes full of sample documents for fire company use

Chief Lasky


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