National Fire Arson &
March 13-15, 2018
Organized by Investigations Institute &
Sponsored by The National Association of Fire Investigators
couldn’t tell you who Ben Franklin was and what
influence he had on the fire service.
• Doing what’s right: Those who own the job
always do what is right, always do their best,
and show up on time. The renters waste time,
hide from the work, are always late, and are in a
constant struggle between what is right and what
• Trash talk: Those who own the job work hard to
control the gossip, rumor, and character assassination mill and not contribute to it. They stay away
from trash talk. The renters trash talk all the time.
• Marketing the department: Those who own the
job brag about and market their fire department.
They defend our profession and always work
hard to put it in a positive light. The renters tear
it down with both their words and actions.
Every now and then you need to ask yourself, Do I
own the job or am I just renting it? Do I try to make
a difference in the lives of those I work for, the
public, and in the lives of those I work with? Do I
have the passion and the heart required to be a great
firefighter? Hopefully, the answer to all these
questions is YES!
Rick Lasky is a 37-year veteran of the fire service, has served in
career and volunteer departments, and was chief of the Lewisville
(TX) Fire Department for 12 years. Most recently, he was interim
chief for the Trophy Club (TX) Fire Department. Lasky began his
firefighting career on the southwest side of Chicago, following in
the footsteps of his father. He received the 1996 ISFSI “
Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our
Own” program. Lasky was the co-lead instructor for the H.O. T.
Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for more than 10 years and is
a member of the editorial advisory board for Fire Engineering and
the FDIC. He is the author of Pride and Ownership: A Firefighters
Love of the Job and coauthor of Five-Alarm Leadership: From the
Firehouse to the Fireground (Fire Engineering) and is the cohost
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.
Those who respect the uniform realize that it represents something very special, witnessed in this photo as the Lewisville (TX)
Fire Department honors one of its member’s retirement. (Photo by