Kilgore College Fire Academy has trained firefighters for a long time – almost 30 years to be exact.
The academy will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a special graduation ceremony of the 108th class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Van Cliburn Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
KC began its fire academy in 1989, and has trained more than 1,700 students from all over the world.
Special guest speaker will be Rick Lasky, an emergency services consultant, author, motivational speaker and former chief of the Lewisville Fire Department.
Former graduates, area fire department employees and the general public are invited to attend the ceremony.
The KC Fire Academy is recognized by the State of Texas as an Exemplary Program and is accredited by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association.
For more information on the KC Fire Academy, visit www.kilgore.edu/fire-academy.
About Rick Lasky:
Rick Lasky, a 40-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 has been a line firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer. Lasky is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine, and as an author, has written more than 200 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals. He 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. He is a very popular speaker at the local, state, national and international levels and is a sought-after lecturer by both the public and private sectors. Source: http://www.prideandownership.com/bio.cfm