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Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job 5/31/06 Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1593700782
ISBN-10: 1593700784
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Fire Engineering Books & Videos; 5/31/06 edition (June 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593700784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593700782
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Sorensen on August 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a "White Hat" who gets it...they are a rare breed. Chief Lasky's book illustrates why being a firefighter is the best career in the world. He is forward thinking, but established in a foundation of old school values which gives him direction. All this is found in his book. This is an easy read, but a very complex subject. If you are on the 'Job', this is a must read - over and over again. Fall in love with the job all over - and be proud of what you do!
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Rick Lasky has written a book that everyone involved in the fire service should read. Pride and Ownership is about getting back to the basics of firefighting and serving your community. Chief Lasky has done things in his department that could benefit any department in the country. He offers up valuable advice on how to improve recruitment and retention, as well as community involvement and boosting a department's public image. It offers up valuable information for the rookies, the senior firefighters, and on up into the supervisor level. I just wish someone had handed me this book when I had first joined the fire service.
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After hearing a podcast on this book on [...] I decided that I should pick up a copy and see what the hub-bub was all about. This book exceeded most of my expectations. Chief Lasky took it upon himself to address many of the issues that are now plaguing the fire service. He writes on the lost traditions, what it means to be a firefighter, a Company Officer and even a Chief Officer. He also tells the reader about some of the programs his fire department does to increase interaction with the public and how it improves the relationship between the fire department and the public/elected officials.

This book should be a mandatory read for every firefighter on the job BEFORE they get promoted to a Company Officer position. The only reason I do not give it five stars is because Lasky lives to be a little repetitive and some grammatical errors. However, this book has brought me back into focus on why I am a firefighter and what I need to remember as I continue along my career in the fire service.
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This is outstanding work. If you are looking to transform your department into one that is full of pride and ownership, look no further. If you ever have a chance to see Rick Lasky speak, I highly reccomend it. He is an incredible speaker as well as author.
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If you are embarking on a career in the fire service you must read this book, if you are getting promoted to company officer - you must read this book, if you are a fire chief - you must read this book. Read it and when you feel yourself struggling to with the issue of moral, read it again. Reading this book (& if given the opportunity to hear Chief Lasky lecture - Do it) will rekindle the fire that sparked your career to begin with. One of my favorite books I have ever read.
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Good book for all levels of the fire department. It covers everything from the rookie to chief officers to fire buffs and more. Wide variety of topics such as a Fire Engineering usually has.
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I had the opportunity to attend a seminar by the author which prompted me to buy the book. This contains much of what was in the seminar and has really inspired me to reach for the next level of pride and professionalism in my career as a firefighter. This is a must have for anyone serious about the fire service. Extremely helpful ideas on how to make the most of the greatest job in the world!
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If you're a young and aspiring firefighter, get this book! If you're a captain wanting to show and hold on to tradition of the fire service, get this book. After reading this book, I have grown even more motivated to display my pride and ownership and be the best firefighter for my city that I serve. It makes you want to be a firefighter, not an employee.
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