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

Living with Trauma in the Firefighter Marriage

Are firefighters traumatized? This is an important question, as exposure to trauma is the most impactful experience known to the human psyche. And if someone is traumatized, it can dramatically impact their marriage.

Firefighter Marriage: The "Bugsy Factor"

If you want your marriage to not only last but to thrive for at least 30 years in a profession that is typically tough on relationships, you have to add to it the "Bugsy Factor."

Re-Entry Time—Her Side

Re-entry time only works when it is either given willingly or graciously sacrificed. It is a concept that takes practice in an atmosphere of understanding from his side--and from her side.

Traveling with a Firefighter

As does anything regarding firefighters, traveling with one involves extremes. And these extremes are multiplied a thousand-fold when the destination is an event that is hosted by, planned by, and all about—firefighters.

What Every Firefighter's Spouse Should Know About Cancer, Part 2

In part 1 of this column, it was clearly demonstrated that firefighters are falling victim to cancer at higher rates than the general population. That's the bad news; the good news is that they tend to be toxin-related, which can be dealt with, and here are two primary ways to do so.

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. 

Living With "PNS" in the Firefighter Marriage, Part 3

Stress hormones have an impact that cannot be ignored by the firefighter or the firefighter's spouse as their health and their marriage may be at stake.

Living with "PNS" in the Firefighter Marriage, Part 2

In Part 2 in her series, Anne Gagliano delves further into the inner workings of a firefighter's parasympathetic nervous system and the need for him to relieve the stress of the job.

Living With "PNS" in the Firefighter Marriage, Part 1

Don't worry firefighters; this column is not about PMS and how a husband should be more understanding. It is, instead, about a different kind of hormonal fluctuation just as powerful and hard to live with at times that stems from firefighting.

How to Sleep with a Firefighter

To survive my firefighter's peculiar nocturnal habits, I've had to adapt. Hopefully the following tips will help other spouses out there who are struggling a bit to actually sleep with their firefighter. 

Firefighters Are Different

Anne Gagliano writes, "It is for this reason above all others that humanity can be grateful to God that firefighters are, indeed, different."

Do Stuff Together

Firefighters and rock stars have a lot in common. So take note, firefighters, and learn from an old rocker who has beaten the odds.

The Ghost Fire

Just last shift, my firefighter husband e-mailed me the coolest picture from work, but in his efforts to include me, he unwittingly set me up for a very rough night.

Easy Rider

Life is a road we all must travel; those who travel it best are those that become experts, making that which is actually incredibly difficult look "easy."

Trick-or-Treat for the Firefighter Marriage

May I make this whimsical assertion: Trick-or-Treating isn't just for kids in October, but for adults—all year long!