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Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground


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by Rick Lasky, Chief (Ret.), Lewisville (TX) Fire Department and John Salka, Battalion Chief (Ret.), FDNY

Rick Lasky and John Salka are two of the most dynamic and inspirational leaders in the fire service.

Their book, Five Alarm Leadership, is a compilation of leadership lessons learned, situations handled, decisions made, and problems solved during their combined 60-plus years of fire service experience. Also included is a special introduction by Chief (ret.) Bobby Halton, Editor-in-Chief of Fire Engineering magazine, outlining the nature of transformational leadership and its power to inspire excellence in the fire service.


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction by Bobby Halton
  • Defining leadership
  • Brotherhood
  • Managers enforce rules, leaders promote values
  • Supervision
  • Think of a great leader
  • Getting things done
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Insight
  • Interest
  • Inspiration
  • Intensity
  • Information
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • ItŒ's your time to lead
  • Index
  • About the authors

256 Pages/Hardcover/6x9/2013
ISBN10 1-59370-234-5

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