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 recreation section include:

  • Between The Lines

    -- written by Derek Rosenfeld, "Between The Lines" is a look at the world of sports in and out of the firehouse. Derek is an associate editor for Fire Engineering magazine and is an assistant baseball coach at Bloomfield (NJ) College. He is a former standout infielder for the Ramapo College baseball team and has more than eight years of baseball coaching experience at the collegiate level.
  • Off Duty with Kevin Shea

    -- A monthly video column following Lt. (Ret.) Kevin Shea from FDNY as he hunts and fishes across the North American continent.  Shea will blend actual hunting and fishing with advice and safety tips, techniques and commentary

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Fire Life Recreation Articles

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?

Firefighters' Fitness Put to the Test at Two Upcoming Events

Several national and even international competitions have been created to highlight the best trained, fittest, and the strongest people the modern fire service has to offer.

ServiceMaster Recognizes First Responders at the ServiceMaster 200

On Saturday, November 9, ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore recognized first responders at the ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

To Juice or Not to Juice

Another summer, another performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Will They Ever Learn?

As we hit the midway point of this year's baseball season, the game's two premier pile-on teams find themselves in precarious positions. Should this have been expected?

Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride Coming to New York in July

From July 17-21, the cycling event will help veterans across the country heal.

Memories from the FDIC 2013 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Fun Run

Derek Rosenfeld offers this fond look back at one of FDIC 2013's most important events.

The Voting Day After, Part 2

In part 2 of his two-part article, Derek Rosenfeld examines the most controversial figures that were rejected by the Hall of Fame's 2013 vote in January.

The Voting Day After, Part 1

After years of bending to the will of others, the Hall of Fame voters, for once, took a stand.

The NFL Unmasked: Concussions and the Lost Art of Tackling

Now that the 2012 NFL season is entering its third week amid the decrying of replacement referees and moronic, divisive “tweets” from player agents, the subject of the ferocity of the sport was once again on notice, as approximately 120 players were carted off the field with injuries during Week 2.

BREAKING NEWS: Charles Barkley, Dan Marino, and Ted Williams Sign with Miami Heat!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Pay to Play, Part 2

In Part 2 of his series on how modern sports teams win and lose, Derek Rosenfeld examines the failures of supposed "big market" teams like the Jets and Mets.

Pay to Play, Part 1

Does spending the most truly translate into winning the most?

The 2012 World Firefighters Games

This October, up to 10,000 of the world's bravest are expected to converge on Sydney, Australia, for the biannual event.  Find out how to be a part of this spectacular happening. 

What is Rugby? Part 2

In part 2 of his two-part series on rugby, Derek Rosenfeld focuses on the sport's positions, formations, and scoring. He also offers photos from 2011's annual FDNY/NYPD rugby match.