In this episode, Rick Lasky and John Salka talk about "Butch" Cobb and the ever-emerging stories of 9/11, how great leaders are compelled to make tough decisions, and much more.

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department, who will be the recipient of the 2017 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the FDIC 2017 General Session, about the whole FDIC “experience.”

Since the first days of the American fire service, the fire service has either embraced change or fought it with intensity. Programs, ideas, and innovations have come and gone. New ones have flourished, and old ones have been resurrected.

When considering the different types of situations involving the rescue of a firefighter, we might take for granted that of moving a downed firefighter up a flight of stairs. This task may seem quite simple, but it can be difficult. Often we have heard a firefighter say that he would have no problem removing his partner or a fellow firefighter from danger by taking him up a flight of stairs. When the time came to do it, however, whether it was during a drill or on the fireground, it just wasn`t