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What Every Firefighter's Spouse Should Know About Cancer, Part 1

Cancer is scary stuff, but I think every firefighter spouse needs to know the stats, and the earlier in your firefighter's career--the better. 

Anne Gagliano is the wife of Fire Engineering author & FDIC speaker Mike Gagliano from the Seattle (WA) Fire Department.  She lectures with her husband on how to build and maintain a strong marriage.  She will use this section of the site to counsel and advise firefighters and their spouses on common pitfalls of being married to someone in the profession. 

Sopa de Albondiga (a.k.a. Mexican Meatballs)

Tony Coronado of the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire Department Company 508 in Manassas, Virginia, shares with us his Sopa De Albondiga, a dish that keeps his fellow firefighters happy and coming back for more.

Craig Nelson, a North Dakota firefighter, creates his own recipes and solicits them from departments across the country. Each article contains a quick introduction, the recipe, and any stories that may surround the legendary dishes.  

Rip Esselstyn is the author of "The Engine 2 Diet," teaching people the irrefutable connection between what they put in their mouths and their ability to their ideal weight and health.  Rip serves on the Board of Directors for The Wellness Foundation, EarthSave's Meals for Health Program, and the AllergyKids Foundation.

Kipp Rix has been in the fire service for over 17 years.  He has published two Fire House Cook Books and uses a portion of the proceeds to support donations to firefighter's needs and training.  He is also a featured chef with Eddie Sell's FireHouseChefs.com.  

In 2006, Virginia Fiefighter Frank Vaerewyck won an Iron Chef-style competition and the Firehouse Foodie was born.  Since that time Frank has been compiling recipes to be included in a cookbook that will give others the opportunity to see their hometown heroes not just as firefighters, but as the firehouse chefs they truly are.

Off Duty With Kevin Shea

Off Duty With Kevin Shea is a monthly video column following Lt. (Ret.) Kevin Shea from FDNY as he hunts and fishes across the North American continent.  Shea blends actual hunting and fishing with advice and safety tips, techniques and commentary

Fire Safety Dogs on TIME Magazine's TIME for Kids Web site!

Click here to learn about one of the biggest things to happen to the Fire Safety Dogs and the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation!

As children learn of the adventures of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, they learn valuable fire safety tips enabling them and their families to help keep fire safe. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is not only fun, but educationally sound and based on the latest fire safety research for young children.

Burned Out

Burnout is like overtraining for your mind and spirit. There’s always a physical component, but it’s your head and your heart that are causing the bulk of your problems.

Michael Kreuger is an NSCA-certified personal trainer. He works with firefighters and others in and around Madison, Wisconsin. He is available to fire departments, civic organizations, and athletic teams for training, consulting, and speaking engagements. He has published numerous articles on fitness, health, and the mind-body connection.

Heart Health...The Yoga Way!

Valentines Day is synonymous with hearts, roses, and candy, but did you know that February is also Heart Month?

Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”

Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.

Coal-Tar Sealant Ban, Coating Stents with Vitamin C, Parkinson's and Pesticides

Mary Jane Dittmar returns with another informative To Your Health column that looks at these and many other fascinating developments in health research.

Mary Jane Dittmar is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and conference manager of FDIC. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields.

Why is Soccer Still #5? Part 1

Derek Rosenfeld follows up the conclusion of another World Cup to ask, Why does the country with the most athletes on Earth consistently fail at the world’s most popular sport?

Derek Rosenfeld looks at the world of sports, both professional and firefighter-related, and its impact in and out of the firehouse. Derek is an associate editor for Fire Engineering magazine and has eight years of baseball coaching experience at the collegiate level. Before his coaching career, he was a decorated infielder at New Jersey's Ramapo College and in several semi-pro leagues around the tri-state area.

Your Personal Annual Review: WHY It's So Important

Life is busy. Things change. This is all the MORE reason to do an annual financial checkup.

Financial Advisor and Insurance Agent Diana Palmieri specializes in financial and retirement planning for firefighters. Diane offers tips on what firefighters can do with their money to plan/savefor retirement, the buzz on investing and the latest trends and vehicles

Role Reversal

This time of year The Yenta feels nostalgic for things past. Thanks to Eileen Brennan Cress, my honorary “sister” and Tom Brennan’s daughter, as well as Ron Jeffers for sharing these photos which help close out 2014.

Diane Rothschild is executive editor of Fire Engineering and conference director of FDIC. She has a B.A. in English communications. She has been a yenta (look it up) for most of her life. If you have a story for the Yenta, e-mail dianer@pennwell.com.

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The "ME" Wall

I will always be proud of what I accomplished during my 23-year career, and though most of my “stuff” has come down from the “Me” wall, I’ll always keep a little something to remind me.

Fire Life Articles

The "ME" Wall

I will always be proud of what I accomplished during my 23-year career, and though most of my “stuff” has come down from the “Me” wall, I’ll always...

Basement Fire

House fire, reports of a man trapped in the basement. Thick, black smoke with wisps of yellow pouring from the basement windows.

To the Rescue

Those standing outside of the impromptu shelter shivered but managed to look cool doing it. They were teenagers for the most part and didn’t want t...


As far as I was concerned, the tillerman on Ladder Co. 7 in Providence, Rhode Island, heading toward a two-alarm fire in the middle of a cold winte...

Taking It With You

She sat across the room, 10, maybe 15, feet away. I don't think she was aware that I was aware of her and her condition.

Dan's Pitchbible is In!

This week's Dan's Pitchbible has returned from the printer! Check it out! The printing came out fabulous! Looking forward to telling all the TV executives and Studios all about Firefighter Dan.™

Tim Saguinsin is certified in the state of New Jersey and is a member of the Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department in addition to creating Fireighter Dan. He attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he received his BFA in General Fine Arts in 1995.