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“Pride and Ownership”

What are you and your department doing to get your firefighters to take ownership? Grab a cup of coffee and let’s visit! …and don’t forget to check out our Pride and Ownership show on Fire Engineering Radio.

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Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2018

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

Tell us…
...what ceremonies you’re conducting to get them fired up.
...what traditions you have in your fire department.
...about the history of your department and your department’s heritage. you expect your new firefighters to treat the job. you expect your company officers to treat their men and women.
...what chief officers can do to boost morale and create that atmosphere of ownership.
...what issues we’re facing in today’s fire service.

Discussion Forum

Pride / Tradition / Morale / Public Relations

Started by John Fischer Jul 2, 2014.

Probationary training, are we getting it right? 8 Replies

Started by Dan Rice. Last reply by Dan Rice Dec 30, 2011.

Chief Lasky is coming to NJ! 1 Reply

Started by Mike Carestio. Last reply by Mike Carestio Jul 6, 2011.

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Comment by Kevin Lanford on March 30, 2011 at 11:11am
Just heard that Chief Lasky is coming to Orange Beach, Alabama for the Alabama Fire Chief's Association annual meeting - time for a little "recharging" of the soul!
Comment by Jack Wesson on March 29, 2011 at 1:47pm

I just requested the we purchase this book for our Chief and his officers to read

Comment by Matt Maihle on February 3, 2011 at 6:48pm
Outstanding book Chief.  Keep up the good work!!!
Comment by Shawn Anon on January 30, 2011 at 4:26pm

  Chief, I think your  "Pride and Ownership, a firefighters love of the job" presentation should be reviewed by every firefighter in America annually until we bring the Brotherhood and Tradition in the fire service back to where it should be.

     I love our heritage. I love the brass poles, dalmations, shined up boots, riding backwards, washing trucks, sitting around the dinner table talking fire, playing pranks and joking with the guys. That since of pride on my boys face when he tells his friends that his dad is a fireman, and  priviledge to put that uniform on in the morning every third day. Your presentation inspires me and takes me back to that feeling I had on day one. Thanks again.

Comment by Michael D. Wilson CFEI, MDI on October 11, 2010 at 7:07am
Chief Lasky,

The Chief and I are looking to create some ownership into our department with a ceremony of promotion or new hired firefighter. We are looking for a "Oath of Office" to be used as the procedure, to build the ownership and the pride into our department. Our Police Department has one the Mayor uses, but am looking for something fire related. Any ideas? Please forward a copy. Thanks!
Comment by John Fischer on August 16, 2010 at 12:02am
Inspiration is what I can thank Chief Lasky for. I've been inspired to keep the traditional flames lit that I've grown up with in the the North East, and believe should be kept lit for as long as I walk this planet, if I have anything to do with it.

I live in Boca Raton Florida, which is one town North of Delray Beach. For the last 23 years of my life, I've been attending the Delray Beach St. Patricks parade which is the largest St. Patricks parade in Florida.

2 years ago, I approached the parade owner / organizer and inquired about possibly making the theme of the parade a "Fire Service" theme, after telling them that the North American fire service has had a long history and tradition of leading parades, especially the St. Patricks Day parade. Well, they responded favorably. The first year we had just over 100 firefighters from South Florida, a few apparatus (Antique and front line) and two ladder trucks that hung a 20' X 30' Old Glory across the parade route ending.

The following year (This year) we had the Dublin Ireland Fire Brigade pipe band come across the pond and march with a North American Fire Service massed band that included Firefighters from as far as California, Canada, Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Indianapolis, New York, Arizona and a few others. over a 1,000 uniformed firefighters, honor guards, color guards, certified fire safety clowns, Dalmatians, Antique apparatus, Frontline apparatus, 10 ladder trucks grouped into twos's that hung 5 - 20' X 30' flags across the parade route. (2-US, 1- Ireland, and 2 Fire Service flags), Motorcycles ridden by firefighters with fire helmets, specialty groups, civilian floats, Muscular Dystrophy Association ambassador - 13 year old Trenton Kirchfeld who accepted out invitation as parade grand marshal, and led the parade in his wheel chair, pre-parade gatherings, post parade gatheringings, hotel hospitality rooms, and more.

This parade is now officially a continuous fire service based / themed parade. And it's gone international. Each year a different fire service agency will lead the parade with their honor guard and / or pipe band. This isn't a "Delray Beach Thing' .. This isn't a "Palm Beach County Thing" ... It's a "Fire Service Thing". Come one, come all. And enjoy the "World Fire Service Brotherhood". For information on next years 43rd annual - Delray Beach - International Fire Service - St. Patricks Parade, please visit the information page on Facebook -!/event.php?eid=148791551797666&ref=ts ... And: ... And ... Spread the word. Hope to see you at the parade. Slainte' !!
Comment by Marion F. Blackwell, Jr. on April 30, 2010 at 9:58pm
Pride and Ownership has been a required reading for all my recruits at Stillwater, OK since 2007. It has made a difference in their overall attitudes and desire to train. It allows them see where we come from and why our traditions are so important.
Comment by Jim Lodato on March 30, 2010 at 3:42pm
Ex-chief Jerry Naylis of the Bergenfield FD was able to get me a signed copy of Pride and Ownership and it was a great read. So much so I have read it 3 times. Great Job Chief.
Comment by Jason Tumbleson on January 13, 2010 at 8:19am
Just joining after reading the book and getting turned onto the podcasts. Chief Lasky your book is outstanding.
Comment by Anthony Avillo on December 26, 2009 at 8:13am
Hi Rick
We in NHRFR have been doing the LODD roundtable for a year now and have begun to archive the reports. We do it on a bi-monthly basis (rotating with our Safety Matters bulletin) so each shift (4 shifts) do 1 in each battalion (3 battalions). In total, 72 LODD sessions were done this past year. The feedback is that it is the most worthwhile program the dept. has undertaken. Even some of the most sceptical, disgruntled, d*****bags have embraced it. I know we were on the right path then. Thanks for the idea. Thankis also to J. Scott.
be safe
have a healthy 2010

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