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Rick Lasky Seminar: Five Alarm Leadership: Real Leadership with Real People

March 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Opelika Public Library

1100 Glenn Street
Opelika, AL 36801 United States

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 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.

Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 40-plus 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. 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 & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by Fire Engineering Books & Videos and is the co-host for the podcast “The Command Post” heard on FireEngineering.com as well as the podcast “Old School” heard on i-Tunes. Rick has served as both a career and volunteer firefighter and in 2017 was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.