An Apology… too little, too late!

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Here we go again. Another slap in the face to firefighters from those who are supposed to have their best interest at heart.   Some of you may have missed it; for some reason it didn’t grab as much attention as putting a line through the window of a car that’s in front of a […]

Pride and Ownership: Fire Service Traditions, Part 2

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In this rebroadcast of a an earlier P&O program, Rick Lasky continues his discussion on fire service history with Professor Glenn Corbett of John Jay College, where they delve into the history of the term “runs” in the fire service, leather fire helmets, the flamboyance of the early fire service, and other topics. Check Out […]

It’s not about what color your rig is on the outside, but who’s riding on the inside

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For years a lot of you have heard me say in either a Pride and Ownership class or Our History: This Should Be Day 1 in the Academy, my fire service history class,that many firefighters are or were not aware of why red paint is used for most fire apparatus.   That the color red in […]

Pride and Ownership: Fire Service Traditions, Part 1

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In this rebroadcast of a an earlier P&O program, Rick Lasky has a sit down with Glenn Corbett, Fire Engineering Technical Editor and fire service historian, to discuss some of the traditions of the fire service. In this installment, they discuss the history of the periodical that would become Fire Engineering and how it chronicled the early fire service in the […]

Pride and Ownership: How It All Got Started

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We’ve had a bunch of requests for us to post our past Pride and Ownership podcasts so here you go! First of about 150! Let me know what you think. Chief Rick Lasky talks to firefighters about their passion for the fire service, current issues in the firefighting community, and more. In this replay of […]

Are we too aggressive, or just using the wrong word?

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For years now we’ve been hearing that the fire service is too aggressive with its fire attack and with how we operate on the fireground in general. That firefighters are concerned more with getting in faster and deeper and throwing caution to the wind. Some have even referred to it as “hero attack mode” or […]

“150 Years of Tradition Unimpeded by Progress”

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The Ultimate Insult! Okay, it was a funny moment in the movie Backdraft. The scene when Brian McCaffrey, aka Baby McCaffrey, and his probie buddy from the fire academy, Tim, are in the firehouse kitchen serving lunch and you see the sign up on the wall with the statement, “150 Years of Tradition Unimpeded by […]

The Best Job in the World!

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The fire service is a very special organization and one that is second to none. As a matter of fact, there are many in the private sector, many corporations, who wish they could model themselves after it. It has been said for years that there are Fortune 500 companies that would kill for the marketing […]

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