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FDNY Battalion Chief John J. Salka, Jr.

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Fire Service Leadership

No matter what type of tactics or operations your department provides, the quality and efficiency are dramatically affected by the leadership skills of your officers. Leadership is the most important element of everything we do!
Feb 25, 2020
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Fire Service Leadership

No matter what type of tactics or operations your department provides, the quality and efficiency are dramatically affected by the leadership skills of your officers. Leadership is the most important element of everything we do!
Nov 7, 2019

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25 Woodard Rd. Monroe, NY 10950
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
FF survival
Topics you provide training for:
Fire Tactics & Procedures for- House fires, commercial buildings, high rise, multi-building operations, top floor fires.
RIT Operations for both large and small departments
FF Survival- Get Out Alive, Bail-Out Systems, Staying out of Trouble.
Leadership- numerous programs
Technical Programs on - Power Saw ops, Forcible Entry
Search Rope Operations
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Survival
John Salka is a 28 year veteran with the FDNY and a battalion Chief in the Bronx. He has instructed in numerous capacities at the FDNY Training Academy and is a nationally recognized instructor and lecturer. He is the author of "First In, Last Out - Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department" and has written for Fire Engineering.
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Leadership is the key to success!

Which are most successful units or companies in your fire department?
Which companies seem to work the hardest and produce the most positive results?
Which units have a waiting list of people trying to be assigned or transfer into them?
What is the common denominator between all these units?
The answer is LEADERSHIP!
Your most successful units are the ones commanded by effective and talented leaders. Officers that know how to motivate and inspire the firefighters that work there. Officers that say what they mean and mean what they say. Officers that display integrity, and expect it from everyone around them. These are just a few of the ingredients of an effective fire service leader and your company and chief officers can have the same successful results when they develop these skills.
Visit Battalion Chief John Salka's training website and take a look at some of the best leadership training available. Go to for more information and program descriptions.

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At 3:59pm on February 11, 2010, Jeff A. Carlson said…
Hi John, heard you speak last spring in Alexandria, MN. last year, anyway I have a question that a firefighter brought to me and I kind of drew a blank. The question was how many diffrent uses are there for the spanner belt? Thanks for your help.
At 7:50pm on October 21, 2009, Mark Quill said…
Just wanted to comment and thank you for an excellent presentation at the NYSPFFA Health and Safety conference earlier this month.
At 11:11am on October 7, 2009, Rick Fritz said…
The new Basics book looks great!
At 9:41pm on July 23, 2009, Gary Barham said…
I would like to say first and for most you are an inspiration to many like myself and you are on of the true leaders and the real deal to the fire service. I am currently reading your book " First in Last out". I am very pleased with the book and look at it in ways of making me a better fireman and person. Ol go RED SOXS
At 1:03pm on May 9, 2009, Debora R. Lewis said…
Got your new book, "The Engine Company" yesterday! Thanks again for passing on your knowledge and experiences.

See you in Myrtle Beach...

At 6:18pm on April 23, 2009, Debora R. Lewis said…
Congrats on the recent graduation of your newest Marine!

Semper Fi!
At 10:23am on March 15, 2009, Don Huneke said…
Chief the class in Pompano Bch was GREAT. Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!! Go Big Blue (Giants) Thanks for all the tips. Stay safe !!!!
At 3:17pm on March 9, 2009, Joshua Horton said…
Hey Chief I hope your flight was uneventful and every "checked" the things that needed to be checked. See you in April.
At 3:15pm on March 9, 2009, Kelly Lowery said…
Hey Chief!! Checked out the site and LOVE it!! Class was great this weekend! I hope to see you in Myrtle Beach!!! Hope your flight was decent!! Thanks again for everything!!
At 7:12pm on January 31, 2009, Doug Price said…
Chief, Hope you had a safe trip home. Just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for today. I really enjoyed the class. I picked up alot of good stuff to use. Thanks again.
Take Care.


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