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

Four Ways to Make Marriage Last

"Happily Ever After" is very rare these days. Only 5 percent of marriages celebrate a 50th Anniversary. In this column, Anne Gagliano shares four ways to help your marriage be one of the 5 percent. 

Firefighters: One Big Happy Family

Universal firefighter thoughtfulness, generosity, kindness, and family love—that is what I see under my tree, writes Anne Gagliano.

Gift Ideas for Your Firefighter

Anne Gagliano offers up a shopping list of tried and true gift ideas for your firefighter.

Three Ways to Recognize “The Nail”

In this column, Anne Gagliano gives couples three ways to recognize "nails" or, in other words, fixable problems. 

Sometimes it IS About the Nail

Anne Gagliano gives a humorous account of how couples sometimes don't see eye to eye, but concludes that this is, in fact, a good thing.

When Firefighters Go to Work

A firefighter's workday is different than most jobs for many, many reasons. Anne Gagliano tells  you what some of them are in this column.

Who Gets Your Best?

In this column, Anne Gagliano asks reader to consider "Who gets your best...your best efforts,your best attention and your best treatment?"

The Wisdom of Dr. Seuss

Although we often view him as merely a children's author, Dr. Seuss has some incredibly deep insights that apply to people of all ages.

Why Men Won’t Ask for Directions

Though exasperating and the cause of much angst and strife in a marriage, a man's refusal to ask for directions really is a good thing, and in this column, Anne Gagliano tells why. 

The Sex Brain

Listen up! Anne Gagliano will help put the fire back in every firefighter's bedroom with this detailed column on what makes men and women become who they while in the throes of passion.

Vive la Difference, Part 3

Happy wife, happy life, right? In this column, Anne Gagliano gives tips as to some of the things women need from their husbands and why.

Vive la Difference, Part 2

In this column, Anne Gagliano focuses on why and how a woman's brain is like a superhighway when it comes to feelings and emotions while a man's brain, by comparison, is a country dirt road.

Vive la Difference, Part 1

Anne Gagliano celebrates those peculiar traits which separate men and women, and why they are so important in keeping our relationships exciting.

Porn vs. Marriage

Of all addictions, pornography addiction is the most harmful when it comes to marriage, and here are three reasons why.

A Firefighter and a Father

What does it take to be a good father?  Words elude me on this topic, for I am not a father but a mother.  I will, instead, quote my son, for who better to define a good father than the child of one?