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Chief (ret.) John J. Salka, Jr.

Fire Chief John Salka, Jr.

John Salka (ret) served with the FDNY for over 33 years, the past 15 years a battalion chief in the 18th Battalion in the Bronx. Prior to being promoted to battalion chief, Chief Salka was assigned as the Captain of 48 Engine also in the Bronx. 

He is a New York State certified instructor and also lectures nationally. He is a seminar presenter and has presented at the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, the FDIC in Indianapolis, the NY State Association of Fire Chiefs show and many other venues. Chief Salka writes the monthly back page column "The Fire Scene" in Firehouse Magazine and has also written for Fire Engineering, Size-Up and the FDNY training magazine WNYF.

John served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Safety and Survival program at FDIC for over ten years, serves on the FDIC advisory board, and is the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. Chief Salka has also found the time to work for the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.

John is the author of the best-selling books “First In Last Out Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department” and “The Engine Company.” He received the 2001 FDIC Training Achievement Award for his Get Out Alive firefighter survival training program and travels extensively training firefighters throughout the 50 states and Canada in tactics, strategy, leadership and safety & survival. Chief Salka has also served as a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years.






In his new book, Battalion Chief Salka, a nationally recognized speaker and author with years of service in several career and volunteer departments, looks at both the similarities and differences in the engine company operations practiced by fire departments throughout the United States and discusses in detail the equipment, staffing, and operations of engine company firefighters at structural fires and emergencies in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Click here to order "The Engine Company" book




Salka Book


"What makes the FDNY thrive is its tradition of developing extraordinary leaders. In FIRST IN, LAST OUT, John Salka distills the principles of FDNY leadership into a compelling, practical, and highly readable guide that every leader and manager will want to read and reread."

--Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, U.S. Navy (ret.), author of It's Your Ship

Click here to order "First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department"

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