FireLife is dedicated to all things “off-duty” that are of interest to firefighters while they are not working/training. Some of the regular columns we will feature in the family section include:

  • What Every Firefighter's Spouse Should Know

    -- 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. 

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Fire Life Family Articles

I HATE Divorce

I hate divorce for reasons too numerous to list, but those reasons can be broken into three categories: What divorce does to the children, what divorce does to the adults, and what divorce does to the firefighter.

Breathing Room for the Firefighter Family, Part 4

Not to be overlooked are the children, as they can be the ultimate casualty of a failed firefighter marriage. And they, too, need a little breathing room.

Breathing Room for the Firefighter Family, Part 3

In Part 3 of this series, Anne Gagliano describes three ways for the firefighter's spouse to back away from the edge. 

Breathing Room for the Firefighter Family, Part 2

We firefighter families must look at ways to back away from the edge because statistic show we are at a high risk of failure.

Breathing Room for the Firefighter Family, Part 1

Firefighter families often live too close to the edge—the edge of disaster. Here are some tips to give your family some breathing room or an emergency reserve of strength to handle the ever increasing stresses of life.

Stop Using Sex as a Weapon

Using sex as a weapon is the primary cause of sexual dysfunction within marriage and both men and women are guilty of doing so. If not addressed, sexual dysfunction often leads to divorce.

The Heart Is Right, Part 2

Here is the exciting conclusion to a firefighter wife's dream-come-true adventure on 'The Price is Right.'

The Heart is Right, Part 1

Firefighters need to commit to seeing that their "better halves" are living their dreams as well. Here is an example of putting your wife first, ensuring she is being valued, treasured, and spotlighted. The story involves our friend Rick Lasky.

Grad School and Grasshoppers

After nearly 29 years of living with a firefighter, I've learned this: You can't always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react.

Why Men Leave

Anne Gagliano flips the script and focuses on the reasons why men leave a marriage.

Why Women Leave

Anne Gagliano takes a look at a tough topic--why wives divorce there husbands. She gives the top reasons they do so and lists ways to avoid the.

Lessons Learned from a Firefighter's Sausage Fest

I'm impressed with Sausage Fest for many reasons, and I believe the lessons learned have far reaching implications for firefighters and their families everywhere, not just here in Seattle.

Firefighter's Sausage Fest 2014, Part 3

This "date" has gone from raw meat to bagpipes to couples' therapy to simulated childbirth on autopsy tables to phallic-shaped food with all the jokes that that implies. Only firefighters could make this stuff up!

Firefighter's Sausage Fest 2014, Part 2

The sights of raw meat and bullets, the sounds of bagpipes, and the smells of cooking sausage all combine to make a surreal event that only firefighters could create.

Firefighter’s Sausage Fest 2014, Part 1

I've lived with a firefighter for nearly 30 years now, and this is one thing I've learned: When attending an event conceived of and planned by firefighters, we wives must be aware of certain risks.