Fire Chief (RET)
Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 36-year veteran of the fire service, served as chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department for 12 years, prior to that as Fire Chief in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and while in Illinois received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program. Throughout his 30-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. He served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for over 10 years, is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine and also serves on the FDIC advisory board. Rick is the author of the best-selling books “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by PennWell Books and is the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio.
The fire service is a very special organization that is second to none. There are Fortune 500 companies that would kill for the marketing advantage the American fire service has because the public trusts us with everything! At a time when families struggles with divorce, abuse, and other problems, the fire service continues to serve as a role model for honesty. So many have worked to get the fire service to where it is today, and for that very reason, we need to protect it. We’re all about family, taking care of people, and supporting family values. The reality is that some people are not cut out for the fire service. They can’t seem to make the commitment. But that’s okay, it’s not for just anybody. It’s for those who can commit to core values such as pride, honor, integrity, and a life of selflessness, to their brothers, sisters, and to the public. If this is you, welcome. If you’re already one of us and you need a shot in the arm to reenergize, or a “systems check” when it comes to you and the fire service, we will move you in the right direction.