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Wichita Falls, Texas
Lewisville Fire Department
Fire Chief (ret.)
Years of public service:
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Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
"Keeping Tradition Alive"
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Tactics and Strategy, Firefighter Safety & Survival. Please email me at for a complete list of class offerings.
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Safety & Survival
Traditions & Ceremonies
Tactics & Strategy
Incident Management
Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 40-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.
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2012… 5th Annual "Keeping Tradition Alive" - Pipes, Drums and Honor Guard Symposium

2012… 5th Annual "Keeping Tradition Alive" - Pipes, Drums and Honor Guard Symposium


May 10 & 11, 2012, Lewisville, Texas


It’s that time of year again!  What an incredible event!!  Our City has embraced this with open arms and continues to support this annual event like nowhere else.  Each year it continues to grow and I don’t know how they do it but it keeps getting better and better!


If you get a chance check it out on YouTube by searching…


Posted on March 18, 2012 at 12:45pm

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At 8:25pm on May 14, 2012, Bradley Hough said…

Dear Chief,

My name is Bradley Hough and I am a fire explorer in Cherokee County. You spoke to my explorer group last fall. I read your Book and it gave me some tremendous learning experience that I have brought to my Explorer post. That book has driven my passion, love, and pride for the fire service! Thank you for writing it!

At 1:40pm on October 14, 2011, mike senter said…
i just wanted to say thank you for writing Pride and Ownership and letting me look into your mind. i recently read the book and the whole time my heart was racing.i could literally feel the fire inside me growing.recently my dept has been stagnant and i presented some ideas from the book and from FDIC and i got a really good response and now we are all trying to get moving again . thank you so much
At 3:59pm on April 5, 2011, Buster Cooper said…
Same here Chief. Look forward to seeing you and John in July. Be Safe
At 3:49pm on October 1, 2010, Matt McDowell said…
You too Chief and the same to you.
At 11:44am on October 1, 2010, Mike France said…
Anytime Chief
At 12:11pm on September 24, 2010, Mike France said…
Chief, I wanted to say that i watched your Video on Pride and intergrty on You tube it was sent to me and i passed onto my officers , it's because people like you that people like myself are becoming better leaders.
At 1:40am on August 4, 2010, Marnie Price said…
Hey Chief!! Have you missed me? LOL Hope all is well with you and yours. Haven't gotten to touch bases with you in awhile. Is there any way you would be willing to share your SOG on high rise fires with me? Chief Watts has delegated that to me and I would like to see several good ones and get an idea on what ours needs. Send it to if you don't mind. Don't forget your sister from North Carolina!! One of these days Doug and I are coming to Lewisville to see you!! Until then, stay safe brother!!

Love you bunches,
Marnie Price
At 9:21pm on May 20, 2010, Shawn Tibbitts said…
Hi Chief I would like to start by saying thank you for the inspiration you have brought to my carer and the fire service as a whole. Im writing in hope that you may be able to give me some guidance, I was asked to give a speech for Memorial day. To say the least I have horrible writers block and cant even think of a way to write this in a way that pays remembrance to our depts fallen brothers but at the same time not disregard our veterans. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
At 8:23pm on February 4, 2010, Todd "Cha-Chi" Monroe said…
OK souunds great Chief. Just let me know what you need. It's good hearing from you!
At 11:14pm on January 30, 2010, Ben Fleagle said…
Hey Chief:

I wanted to thank you for doing that little favor. He's lookin' up. I also wanted to thank you for the chapter you wrote in the new Fire Engineering FF 1 and 2 Handbook. That is an awesome text and your contribution in the beginning was great. Its about time someone stated, at the very beginning, what a firefighter should keep at the front of his or her career. Those values. Thanks for doing that.

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