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

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.

Behind Every Great Man

All firefighters are great, but to achieve that greatness on a regular basis they need the support of the ones standing behind them, cheering them on while reigning them in.

Super Bowl: Then and Now

Anne Gagliano celebrates her hometown Seahawks' first Super Bowl championship with this look back at how the game has shaped her and her husband Mike's lives.

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.