Chief Rick Lasky
Chief Rick Lasky (ret.) a 37-year veteran of the fire service, served as chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department for 12 years, prior to that as Fire Chief in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Most recently, he was interim Chief for the Trophy Club (TX) Fire Department. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and while in Illinois received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program. Throughout his 30-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. He served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for over 10 years, is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine and also serves on the FDIC advisory board. Rick 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 PennWell Books and is the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chief Bobby Halton
Chief Bobby Halton (ret.) is the editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) since 2005. Chief Halton is a native New Yorker whose family has deep roots in the fire service and law enforcement communities across America. He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine.
Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the NFPA technical committees, is seated on the National Advisory board of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Chief Halton has worked as a subject matter expert in NIOHS firefighter Line of Duty Death investigations. Chief Halton has served with the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters, the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, the Fire Smoke Coalition and the Advocates for Fire-Based EMS. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States and internationally.
Chief Paul V. Jockimo
Paul V Jockimo is a veteran of over 30 years in the fire service. Formerly with the New York City Fire Department, he currently works for the Westchester County (NY) Department of Emergency Services. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Westchester-Putnam Peer Support Team and serves as an Assistant Chief with the Somers (NY) Fire District. With over 20 years of CISM, Peer Support and Line of Duty Death experience, he has had the honor of working with scores of agencies throughout North America. The subject of Bernard Wolf’s ground breaking book “Don’t Feel Sorry for Paul”, he brings his unique life experience and humor to all he does. In 2017 he was profiled in the book “American Firefighter” by Paul Mobley.
Captain Aaron Heller
Aaron Heller began his fire service career in 1984. He is a captain in charge of training for the Hamilton Twp. NJ Fire District #9 where he has served since 1990. Capt. Heller is a NJ Level 2 instructor, fire official, and EMT. He is a past chief of the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company and the Plumsted Township Board of Fire Commissioners. Heller is a senior instructor with the Mercer County Fire Academy. Capt. Heller instructs and has been the keynote presenter at several national, regional, and local training events throughout the United States and abroad. He is the lead instructor of the FDIC HOT class Commercial Fireground Operations. Captain Heller’s writings have been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire & Rescue Magazine, The Fire Department Training Network, and several local publications. Aaron is a founding member of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherhead Society. He is the owner of On Scene Training Associates, LLC.
Lieutenant Ray McCormack
Ray McCormack is a Lieutenant and thirty seven year veteran of the FDNY, Fire Department of New York. He is a panel member for both the UL Fire Stream Attack Study and Coordinated Fire Attack Study. He gave the Keynote at FDIC in 2009. He was the co creator of Urban Firefighter Magazine. He lectures on tactics, leadership and culture in the American Fire Service. His column Urban Essentials can be found in Fire Rescue Magazine. Ray can be contacted via E-mail at Firenymen@aol.com and Twitter @LtRayMack