John J. Salka, Jr.

Retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka will take a candid look at news and events impacting the fire service in this blog in the weeks between his monthly column 'The Fire Scene' in Firehouse magazine.

  • Salka: Hydrant Work

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday February 12, 2014
    It’s the middle of the winter and we are facing another major snow storm. Sometimes we (all of us) have lots of snow and sometimes none at all. Let's get right to it. Everywhere I go I see hydrants, or should I say I can barely see them. It looks...
  • Salka: Blountstown Fire Video Revisited

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday October 21, 2013
    If you read and or commented on my most recent blog about a video of a fire department operation I have a treat for you. Just a few days after the blog was posted I received an e-mail and a phone call from the chief of the involved department. We had...
  • Salka: Get Your *%$#$% Together!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday October 16, 2013
    I just watched a video of a fire department operation and was amazed at the number and severity of tactical mistakes that were captured by the camera. I am not writing about this operation to be critical of the involved department, but rather to point out...
  • Salka: Globe Article on Boston FD Incomplete and Incorrect

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday September 19, 2013
    I read the recent Boston Globe article titled, “ Plenty of Firefighters, But Where are the Fires? ” and tried to figure out exactly what they were complaining about. Oh, I know it’s money, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively...
  • Risking Lives For Nothing!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday January 26, 2012
    Since this is my first blog for let me introduce myself. My name is John Salka and I have been a battalion chief with the FDNY for the past 13 years of my 32 year career. In addition to my job with the FDNY, I also write the back page in...
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