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2-Hour Breakout Sessions • Half-Day Workshops • Full-Day Seminars


30 to 90 Minutes - Group Size Unlimited

We will present a program to any size group of firefighters. Whether it is a small group of officers or a convention center full of firefighters, we consider every opportunity to offer a program as a valuable means to spread the word about our great profession and to make a difference.

Our programs can be customized to meet your organization’s individual needs and time frames. We will help stoke that passion of being a firefighter and help you meet the challenges facing today’s fire service.

Programs and Keynote Speeches:

Pride and Ownership: The Love for the Job

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. Chief 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.

Program Features:

  • 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?

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Five Alarm Leadership: Real Leadership with Real People: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders and Successors

This program is designed to look at the leadership traits of the successful and not so successful fire service leader. What works and what doesn’t. What it means to define core values. How to build relationships and confidence in your firefighters. It also looks at what we’re all about, why private corporations are struggling and how to march forward and fight for a better and safer fire service.

Whether you are a firefighter, the newest engine lieutenant or the most senior battalion chief in your department, your leadership skills and abilities are vital to the operations of your department or company. Firehouse conflicts, operational difficulties and the daily routine can be handled professionally or you can fly by the seat of your pants. Join Chief Rick Lasky as he talks about the problems and solutions he has faced in his quarter century with the fire service and how he handled them. No officer is exempt from bumps in the road and the best way to handle trouble is to train!

This IS where the rubber meets the road.

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Five Alarm Leadership:  Leadership Skills for Company Officers

This second program of the Five Alarm Leadership series is all about the issues and responsibilities that officers handle every day.  We all spend much more time managing firehouse issues and dealing with our firefighters than we do fighting fires.  Shouldn't we spend some time preparing for these tasks so our fire station environment is as successful as our fireground operations?  Join Chief Rick Lasky as he discusses issues such as:

  • The Engine & Truck Officer: 
    • Roll Call; Setting Up and Planning Your Day
    • Riding / Tool Assignments
    • Company Training & “Quick Drills”
    • Communications:  Shift to Shift – “Pass It On” – Up & Down the Ladder
  • Your Firefighter’s First Day:  The Company Officer’s Role
  • Your Company Officer’s First Day:  The Chief’s Role
  • Values - Vision - Mission
  • Performance Evaluations;  "The Gold Book" - Coaching - Uniforms
  • Awards; Records of Exceptional Performance
  • Disciplinary Issues
  • Situational Leadership Workshop

Chief Lasky has handled many of the difficult and challenging situations that you are likely to face sometime in your fire service future.  He will talk about what causes problems in the firehouse and how to get a handle on them.  He will explain some of the myths concerning evaluations and discipline and how to get a handle on your daily firehouse routine.

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Our History: This Should be Day 1 in the Academy!

Year after year fire departments all across North America see their new firefighters attend and graduate the fire academy.  But after graduation just how many “get it” and how many truly understand why they are here, why WE are here?  The answers are all in our history.  Join Chief Lasky as he revisits where it all started and where “it” is going.  Whether you have 40 days or 40 years in the fire service, if you truly want to see where the fire service is headed, then you have to look back at where at all began.

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The Volunteer Firefighter: Defining Commitment

Since the day the father of our fire service, Ben Franklin, started the first volunteer fire company, men and women have stepped up and taken on the responsibility of protecting their communities and the families that live there. In most case receiving no compensation for their time and dedication. The volunteer firefighter defined the word selflessness. But what does it take to make volunteerism work? Especially at a time where many of today’s volunteer firefighters are facing the challenge and in some cases, the crisis, of recruitment and retention of their members. This program looks at the methods for implementing a productive recruitment and retention program along with the steps needed to train and motivate our next generation of volunteer firefighters.

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Why Aren't The Numbers Going Down?

Each year agencies such as NIOSH, NFPA, USFA, along with several others, publish documents describing the Line Of Duty Deaths (LODD) and injuries suffered by firefighters for the previous year. And each year talented fire service instructors and fire academies across North America, host seminars and conduct training all in an effort to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities. With all of this great work, why aren’t the numbers going down? This session takes a hard look at the causes for those losses and discusses the realistic steps necessary to finally begin to make a difference and ensure that every firefighter goes home, safely to their families.

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Life’s Turns: It’s All About Family

As we travel down our life’s roads, we often face decisions as to which way to turn. Depending on the choice we make and the turn we choose, we either enjoy success or feel the sting of failure. But when our decisions are based on strong family values combined with a “workplace community,” the results prove to be extremely successful. When you look at every success story, examine how it all happened. One thing stands out. One area continuously rises to the top. Family! Families make a community and a community is stronger than any one individual. A community that supports and promotes family values is unbeatable. Does your fire department or do your members believe in this concept? After all, it does serve as the foundation for everything we do in the fire service. For without family values, we’re just a rudderless ship adrift in life’s ocean hoping what happens, happens for the right reasons.

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Graduation Day: Now What?

It’s taken you months to get to this day. The day you graduate from the fire academy. You’ve worked so hard and dedicated so much, and your family has stood by your side, through the good days and the tough ones. But now what? Where do you go from here? How do you stay sharp and protect everything that you have gained? How do you get better? How are you going to stay safe? This presentation looks at what it takes to prepare for what’s yet to come; the rest of your entire firefighting career. What works and what doesn’t.

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Fireground Scenario Workshop

This program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for firefighters, company officers, and chiefs to experience a number of different types of structural fires. Examine fires in private dwellings, commercial buildings, apartment houses, and office buildings. Whatever your experience level is, you will certainly see something you have never seen before in this workshop. During the fire scenarios, the tactics, strategies and other factors will be analyzed and discussed. Students will have an opportunity to comment on what is happening in the scenario and how they might handle a similar situation in their own department. This will be an interesting, fast-moving, and entertaining program that you don’t want to miss.

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Time to Lead Chief!

Now that you’ve made it there, to the rank of chief officer, what does it take to remain “one of the good ones?” So many company officers have taken that next step, so many assistant and deputy chiefs have gotten to the “big chair” only to find out that it wasn’t what they expected. “That it wasn’t in the brochure.” This presentation takes a serious look at what it takes to be a successful chief officer and how to remain effective and mentally stable.ck to Top


Firefighter Survival

Firefighter Survival is a program that outlines the important skills that every firefighter needs to develop to survive the
hazards on the fireground. Surviving the numerous dangers that firefighters are exposed to at structural fires is no accident. This program will take you through the following important areas:

  • Preparing to survive
  • PPE & SCBA familiarity and use
  • Size-up for survival
  • Risk vs. reward decision making
  • Personal emergency situations
  • Survival training skills

Each of the listed skills are vital elements of a firefighters survival ability and should be developed and practices regularly. Remember, you have the greatest impact on your survival!

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It’s OK to Train

Time and time again, young aggressive firefighters are stifled from training and at times ridiculed for wanting to train. For wanting to get better at being a firefighter. For having the desire to hone their skills. Why are so many facing this dilemma? This presentation looks at why it’s “Ok to train,” that’s it’s Ok to be safer at what you do, and that you have a right to go home from every shift or every call with all of your pieces and parts still attached and in good working order. There is NO argument for not training. There is one to train. To save lives, including our own!

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Never Forgetting, Means Never Forgetting

Do you have the stickers on your helmet? The decals on your fire apparatus? Do you remember the sacrifices that were made on 9/11? Do you remember those made before that day or those that we have seen since it? NEVER FORGETTING, MEANS NEVER FORGETTING! But it also takes believing in something to begin with. It takes believing in something special. Something that no one else on the face of the earth can provide. It also means defending it and never allowing anyone to hurt or deface it. There’s a lot more to Never Forgetting than just those symbols you see on the outside. It also takes some work on the inside as well.

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Soaring With Eagles: Bold, Honest and Realistic Leadership

If we have learned one thing from recent events, it’s the fact that integrity is more important than ever. A leader cannot produce or succeed if he or she is without integrity and a strong belief in core values. Your integrity defines your character. Your character is defined as how you are and how you act when no one is watching! Your core values provide the foundation for your vision and your mission. So many of today’s business leaders along with those that will succeed them some day lack foundation. Several will talk about core values, but many have not been shown how to live by those values. In the leadership world, it’s hard to soar to great heights with wings that are weak and tarnished.

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Firefighter Safety and Survival

Enhance your survivability in hazardous or life-threatening conditions in burning buildings with this course. Gain the critical skills needed to self-egress in a trouble situation and rescue downed firefighters using the rapid intervention team concept including the roles and responsibilities of the rapid intervention team officer. Because no firefighter should go into a burning building without the skills and knowledge necessary to make sure, as much as humanly possible, that every brother and sister returns safely from the alarm.

This session is broken down into three areas:

  1. How we get into trouble.
  2. How we get out of trouble.
  3. How we stay out of trouble.

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Managing the MAYDAY

One of the most difficult incidents to manage is one in which our members become trapped, lost, or injured. This presentation discusses how firefighters get into trouble at incidents and the necessary steps to get personnel back to safety. Accountability systems, incident command strategies, and scene control will be analyzed and discussed. For all fire officers at every level who could be involved in managing a MAYDAY, as well as firefighters who could be confronted with the “unthinkable.”

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Truck Company Tactics

Truck company operations at structural fires are essential in the overall fire attack. In order for the engine company to advance on the fire and extinguish it, they must be performed quickly and proficiently. This program addresses the importance of truck company operations at fires and the roles and responsibilities of the truck company officer. Other areas covered are apparatus placement, search and rescue (Residential and Commercial), ventilation, forcible entry, VES (Vent-Enter-Search), and the OVM (Outside Vent Man); along with the various other truck company tasks that are needed for a successful fire attack.

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Getting the Rear of the Building: The Outside Vent Position

One of the most critical but often overlooked tasks of the first arriving companies at a structure fire is that of addressing the rear of the building.  Whether you handle this with an assigned position such as the OVM (Outside Vent Man) or a firefighter from another crew, getting this done is a must.  This program examines the importance of this fireground assignment and the steps needed to accomplish it.ack to Top


Surviving Life’s Fire: Managing Change

If we have learned one thing from recent events, one’s ability to embrace change is more important than ever.  A leader cannot produce or succeed if he or she cannot understand what change really is, how to deal more effectively with change, and how to make change work for you.  So many of today’s leaders, along with those that will succeed them some day, lack this ability.  Several will talk about change, but many have not been shown how to see change as an opportunity for success.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Amateurs built the Ark – professionals built the Titanic.ack to Top


Firefighter Survival - Are We Winning or Losing?

For the past several years there has been much attention paid to the issue of firefighter survival. Many training programs and other educational events have concentrated on how we can further reduce the numbers of firefighters killed each year in the line of duty. At almost every major seminar and conference, there are both classroom and hands-on training programs focused on this important subject, yet the number of firefighters lost each year has not gone down in any significant way. Are we at the bottom of the curve? Is this as far as there is to go down? Are we doing the right thing when it comes to firefighter survival training or is there more that needs to be done? Join Chiefs Rick Lasky and John Salka as they discuss this vital issue and look at it from two perspectives. Are we doing a good job and having success in keeping the numbers from rising each year or are there more activities and firefighters that need to get involved and start making a difference by getting the number of firefighters killed to drop further? This should be an informative and thought provoking session for every firefighter, company officer and chief that attends.

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Command Operations at Structural Fires

When we look at the successes and failures on the fireground, a proper fire scene size-up and requesting the adequate amount of resources needed, will often lead to those successful fire attacks. However, failure to properly size-up a fire scene, lack of command and control, and a lack of the needed resources, can and will lead to the failures seen on the fire scene from time to time. A good incident commander is the one who can predict his or her next alarm. They know what the smoke is telling them, where the fire is going and what they’ll need resource wise before they run out. Running out of “stuff” at a fire usually results in everyone having a bad day.

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Building Construction and Fire Behavior

The following statement concerning building construction and fire behavior, couldn’t serve as a better platform for everything else you will need to know about firefighting:

“If you want to be a good firefighter, you need to know building construction and fire behavior. You need to know how the building is going to react to the fire and how the fire is going to react to the building. Anyone can chop with an axe, spray water and pull ceiling, but you have to have a true understanding of these two areas to really know what to do next and why you are doing it.”

Fire service legend Frank Brannigan when explaining the need to understand building construction, said “for years we’ve compared the fireground to the battle ground. But where we in the fire service come up short, is the military studies its enemy in an effort to identify it’s every weakness as well as its strengths. The fire service on the other hand, doesn’t study our enemy, the building, in the same manner.” The fire is the weapon, the building is our enemy. This presentation addresses the strengths and weaknesses of both.

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Team Building, Mentoring and Group Dynamics

  • Coming together is a beginning and is the first step of Team Building.
  • Keeping together is progress and is a direct result of Mentoring.
  • Working together is success and is a result of understanding Group Dynamics.

In order to have that company, division or department that everyone is talking about and longing to be like, these three key areas must be addressed. This program demonstrates why teams are vitally important to the success of an organization, how mentoring builds upon the success of that team, and why having a true understanding of group dynamics can play such an important role in the team building process.

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Public Speaking

It’s been said that “presentation is everything.” Firefighters, company officers and chief officers, are constantly in the public’s eye and by the very nature of their jobs, required to speak in public and make a variety of presentations. Whether it’s in front of a small group of school children, the chamber of commerce, or in front of your mayor and city council when its budget time, how well you present your topic will often lead to the success or failure of your mission. This program identifies the steps necessary to enable anyone to stand up in front of an audience or group, and deliver a meaningful and purposeful presentation with confidence.Back to Top


Firefighter Safety and Survival – Revisited!

Back by popular demand, this program gets back to the basics of firefighter survival and rescue techniques, techniques that are proven effective and HAVE saved firefighter’s lives!

 Featured evolutions reviewed:

  • The John Nance Drill
  • The 2nd Floor Window Rescue
  • The Stairwell Rescue
  • The Denver Rescue
  • Room Orientation
  • The Ladder Bail
  • The Personal Rope Escape
  • The Wall breach




Don’t miss this opportunity to have your firefighters trained to ensure their safety and survival. 

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Fire Service Traditions and Ceremonies

The fire service is rich in tradition and our heritage is one marked with pride and admired by many. But for you to truly understand and appreciate it requires you to take a trip. One that takes you back to the beginning. But as you begin your trip back in time looking for and learning about our fire service history, what you start to see is that there have always been a variety of ceremonies and celebrations. The kind of ceremonies that stimulate the pride that brings ownership. This presentation looks at the ceremonies that will help stoke the flames of tradition in your department.

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Customer Service That Works

Helping people is what the fire service is all about. It’s been said that when some one from the public is having their worst day, we’re having our best day. When someone is hurting we are at our best because the fire service lives to help people. It’s what we exist for. But fighting fires, cutting people out of cars and helping people when they are sick and injured, is just part of it. There are so many ways to help the public and some are so simple that often they are overlooked. This program discusses customer service on two fronts; the external customer, outside of the firehouse, and the internal customer, inside the firehouse. At the same time it takes a look at programs that work and why.

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Going From “That” Fire Department, to THE Fire Department: The Rebuilding of a Fire Department

Each and everyday, fire departments across North America are faced with a series of challenges. Those challenges include everything from protecting our firefighters to fighting for the funding that we need to protect those that we serve. But when the challenge is righting a fire department that is traveling down the path of self destruction, it can come with a long list of obstacles.

But as with anything the fire service faces, this too can be turned around and we can move to a new path, one that brings about the accolades of having a great fire department. This program takes a realistic view with actual situations, at what it takes to go from the furnace room to the penthouse.

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