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“What makes them do it?” is a question I have been asked hundreds of times in the course of my travels through the United States and other parts of the world. It is a natural question. Why do people run into burning buildings that they know just might be the most dangerous locations in the world? It is not by accident that the universally accepted metaphor for hell is an inferno., and no one understands this concept better than our firefighters. Fire is a terrible confrontation, and is always imminent- it can easily grow to twice its size with every minute an object is aflame. Yet, the firefighters go in. They have a job to do. They are trained and motivated, certainly, but most of all they are led. Who leads them and how do the leaders come to be within the organizational structure of the fire department? Let me tell you my own story.salkabookcover

First In, Last Out Leadership lessons from the New York City Fire Department, Chief John Salka, FDNY Battalion Chief 18, (retired).

“The Fire Department of the City of New York is one of the most effective organizations in te world. And the foundation of that success is an extraordinary code of leadership; “first in, last out.” The senior officer on the team is always the first one into a burning building and the last one to leave. His people know that he’s at their side, sharing the danger- not barking orders from the rear. There is no tolerance for buck-passing or finger-pointing.” NY-FDNY-Salka-retirement-firehouse

Several years ago, I was fortunate to be able to take a class that Chief Salka taught at the SC Firefighters convention, held in Myrtle Beach. He was the “real deal”, which prompted me to buy this book.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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