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Salka Inducted Into Firehouse Hall of Fame

Salka Inducted Into Firehouse Hall of Fame

The Salka family of Blooming Grove is in Nashville this week, where the long, dedicated and storied career of John J. Salka, Jr. will be honored when he is inducted into the Firehouse Hall of fame during the Firehouse Expo opening ceremonies on the evening of October 10, as we go to press. John’s career locally is well known, almost legendary. He has been a volunteer with South Blooming Grove’s Independence Fire Department since 1981.   John was a member of FDNY for 33 years, and this is the second time he has served as SBGFD Chief. He was even requested to take an important supporting role in the TV show “Chicago Fire” when they did a memorial 911 show that they called “That Day” in 2016, recognizing the tragedies that occurred at the World Trade Center.  But there is MUCH more.

“We’re proud to name Chief John Salka as this year’s Firehouse Hall of Fame inductee,” said Peter Matthews, Firehouse’s editor-in-chief of “Firehouse News”.  “John’s ‘Get Out Alive’ program was instrumental in bringing hands-on training to Firehouse Expo and Firehouse World and his commitment to share critical skills and candid observations on the last page of Firehouse Magazine for the last 12 years shows his dedication to Firehouse’s readers and our attendees.” Salka has been the author of The Fire Scene column in Firehouse Magazine since 2007 and also wrote a blog under the same name on

But John’s outstanding career extends well past his hometown, having traveled the United States doing advanced firefighter and safety training. He has instructed several FDNY training programs, including the department’s Probationary Firefighters School, Captain’s Management Program and Battalion Chief’s Command Course. He has also done work for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Firefighter Fatality Investigations and Prevention Program and presents lectures and classes for corporate, military and fire service audiences across the U.S.“The work that Chief Salka has done through his FDNY training programs and the NIOSH Program has saved countless lives and taught thousands how to be a better firefighter and leader,” Matthews said. Salka joins an impressive list of 16 past honorees.

The opening ceremony will be replete with bagpipes, and there are about 2,000 people registered to attend.


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