It is the best job in the world! Values Based Training

About Us

We have the distinct honor of providing training and consultation to the best profession in the world, the fire service. We provide quality training based on real world experience and always consider it an honor and privilege to work with the fire departments we serve. We provide a variety of training programs to meet your needs and can customize any program to meet your department’s mission, goals, and objectives, along with providing your members with the information and materials they need to be successful.

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For more information or to see how we can benefit your organization and your people, contact Chief Rick Lasky at

[email protected]

Mailing Address:
Five Alarm Leadership, LLC.
6 Sagebrush Court
Wichita Falls, Texas 76310

Telephone: (214) 673-1161

Everyday is a Training Day

Pride and Ownership

The Love for the Job

Ignite Your Love for the Job
Pride and Ownership holds no punches. Chief Rick Lasky takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element that makes it effective: passion.

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Chief Lasky

Rick Lasky, a 40-plus year veteran of the fire service, proudly serves as Fire Chief for the Estes Valley (CO) Fire Protection District. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and has been a line firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer.

While in Illinois he received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program, a program designed to teach firefighters how to save firefighters that have become trapped or lost in a burning building. Throughout his 40-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. Rick is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine, serves on the FDIC International advisory board and as an author has written over 200 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals. These magazine articles relate to fire department operations, administration, training and safety. He 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 Fire Engineering Books and is the co-host for the podcast “The Command Post” heard on as well as the podcast “Old School.”

Rick has also served as a police officer and was wounded on several occasions, once while defending a victim of family violence and has received numerous fire and police awards and commendations. He was also honored in 2011 as an inductee into the Chicago Softball Hall of Fame. He is a Lewisville Honorary Police Officer and Honorary Battalion Commander in the 18th Battalion of the FDNY. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rick lectures at the local, state, national and international levels and is a sought-after speaker by both the public and private sectors. He is married to his best friend Jami and they have two children Rick and Emily.