Friday, June 23, 2017

About Our Speakers


Rick Lasky, a 37-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 has been a line firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer.

While in Illinois he received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program, a program designed to teach firefighters how to save firefighters that have become trapped or lost in a burning building.  Throughout his 30-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter.  Rick is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine and as an author has written over 200 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals.  These magazine articles relate to fire department operations, administration, training and safety.  He 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.

Rick has also served as a police officer and was wounded on several occasions, once while defending a victim of family violence and has received numerous fire and police awards and commendations.  Rick holds an AAS Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and was selected as the CSU 2012 Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Outstanding Graduate.  He was also honored in 2011 as an inductee into the Chicago Softball Hall of Fame.  He is a Lewisville Honorary Police Officer and Honorary Battalion Commander in the 18th Battalion of the FDNY.

Rick lectures at the local, state, national and international levels and is a sought-after speaker by both the public and private sectors.  A very popular speaker on a variety of leadership topics, he has been requested by several businesses and corporations to deliver his inspiring and meaningful leadership development programs.  He is married to his best friend Jami and they have two children, Rick, a FMF Navy Corpsman and Emily, an outstanding college fastpitch softball player.