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


Rick Lasky

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. He gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs and 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.
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About the Author: Rick Lasky, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department. Rick began 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 is the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC and FDIC East and is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering Magazine and serves on the FDIC, FDIC West and East advisory boards.
SpecificationsFire Engineering, 2006
6" x 9 1/2" hardcover
302 pages
ISBN: 9781593700782

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