Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9am-5pm

Five Alarm Leadership: Real Leadership with Real People

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 Chiefs John Salka and Rick Lasky as they talk about the problems and solutions they have faced in their over seventy combined years with the fire service and how they 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.


Sunday, February 10, 2019, 9am-5pm

Sweating the Small Stuff: Keeping People Safe and Alive

For those in the private sector the practice of “sweating the small stuff” may come as a nuisance and seem unnecessary, but for those of us in the fire service, it’s often the “small stuff” that leads to a firefighter’s injury or worse yet death. In this program, Chief Lasky and Chief Salka examine the areas our fire service needs to once again place emphasis if firefighter safety is to remain paramount.

The Three Degrees of Mayday 

This program is a discussion about 3 categories or situations that firefighters can find themselves in that could result in a Mayday operation.  Not every Mayday is the same and as a result not every RIT operation will be the same.  Rapid Intervention Teams need to prepare for various urgent and dangerous situations of increasing difficulty.

A single firefighter that is lost in a house fire may be handled adequately by a 4-person RIT with little other assistance.  A 3-person engine company crew that experiences a loss of water or sudden flashover will require a larger and more robust RIT operation along with additional logistical support.  The collapse of a burning building that traps 6 firefighters in a 2-story burning pile of debris will require an even more complex response.

Join Chiefs Lasky and Salka as they discuss this new perspective on Mayday and RIT operations and learn how you can prepare your firefighters to handle ANY mayday situation with confidence.


Rick Lasky – Pride and Ownership

February 9th and 10th
Geyserville Odd Fellows Hall
21021 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, Ca 95441
Free to Zone 6 Firefighters
$100 for both days
$75 each day
Lunch Provided
Questions please call Geyserville Fire 707-857-4373

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Battalion Chief John Salka (ret.) a 40-plus year veteran of the fire service, served with the FDNY for over 33 years, the past 15 years a battalion chief in the 18th Battalion in the Bronx. He is a NYS certified instructor and also lectures nationally. He is a seminar presenter and has presented at the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, the FDIC in Indianapolis, the NY State Association of Fire Chiefs show and many other venues.  Chief Salka writes the monthly back page column “The Fire Scene” in Firehouse Magazine and has also written for Fire Engineering Magazine, Size-Up and the FDNY training magazine WNYF. He served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Safety and Survival program at FDIC for over ten years, serves on the FDIC advisory board, and is the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. He is the author of the best-selling books “First In-Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department,” “The Engine Company” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground.” He received the 2001 FDIC Training Achievement Award for his Get Out Alive firefighter survival training program and travels extensively training firefighters throughout the 50 states and Canada in tactics, strategy, leadership, and safety & survival. Chief Salka has also served as a volunteer firefighter throughout his entire fire service career.

Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 38-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. Most recently, he was interim Chief for the Trophy Club (TX) Fire Department. 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. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.