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 spirit section include:

  • Fire Yenta

    -- humorous true firefighter stories about life in the firehouse, including unusual calls, pranks, and observations on firefighter's unique profession. Readers, sometimes anonymously, contribute their anecdotes.
  • Fire Life

    -- Human interest stories about firefighters and firefighter-related topics, including off-duty services and interesting side jobs.

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Fire Life Firefighter Spirit Articles

Firefighters Need Multiple Personalities

We need to adapt to be effective, and adapting ourselves to thrive in any environment is a vital first step.

"They Do Exist!"

The Yenta returns with more hilarity from the fire service courtesy of New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers' Ron Jeffers.

The "ME" Wall

I will always be proud of what I accomplished during my 23-year career, and though most of my “stuff” has come down from the “Me” wall, I’ll always keep a little something to remind me.

Basement Fire

House fire, reports of a man trapped in the basement. Thick, black smoke with wisps of yellow pouring from the basement windows.

Role Reversal

This time of year The Yenta feels nostalgic for things past. Thanks to Eileen Brennan Cress, my honorary “sister” and Tom Brennan’s daughter, as well as Ron Jeffers for sharing these photos which help close out 2014.

To the Rescue

Those standing outside of the impromptu shelter shivered but managed to look cool doing it. They were teenagers for the most part and didn’t want to hang with the firefighters or little kids.


As far as I was concerned, the tillerman on Ladder Co. 7 in Providence, Rhode Island, heading toward a two-alarm fire in the middle of a cold winter night was the King of the World … until the truck stopped at the fire scene...

"Hey, there's a Seagrave in my driveway!"

The Yenta returns with some help from Photographer Ron Jeffers for another round of humorous fire service anecdotes.

Taking It With You

She sat across the room, 10, maybe 15, feet away. I don't think she was aware that I was aware of her and her condition.

Rescue 1, Responding

She’s walked for hours. She’s cold, lonely, and afraid. And she’s dangerously depressed, but nobody knows that, least of all her father, because she is afraid of upsetting him.

Isolation at the End of a Tie

It was a crime scene, but I needed to confirm the man was gone. I got the door open about a foot, squeezed through, and watched a dead man's weight force the door shut.


Being involved in your community is well worth the time invested.

Last Ride

It’s crazy, but every now and then I have to remind myself just how good I have it.

"A politician’s firehouse? Very low budget!"

The Yenta returns with more fire service fun with the help of Photographer Ron Jeffers.

Target Practice

We found him lying under a box truck. I crawled under; dragged him onto a long board; and, with help from Brian and the guys from Engine 13, dragged him out.