Firefighting

What Every Firefighter’s Spouse Should Know

Issue 12 and Volume 162.

BY ANNE GAGLIANO The divorce rate for firefighters is three times that of the general population, which is the highest rate in the nation, second only to that of the military. A functioning, long-term marriage in this profession is uncommon; a happy, thriving, intimate one is rare. My husband Mike and I are fortunate to have the latter. Over the years I’ve tried to fill the gaps that surface as he works to fulfill his calling as a firefighter. Some things I’ve learned by accident and some I’ve learned the hard way. Some aspects of the job are hard to understand, but for 24 years I have tried. Below is what I have learned and what every firefighter’s spouse should know.   EXPOSURE TO DANGER AND TRAUMA   The exposure to danger and the exposure to trauma are two major factors that make this job different from most others. Firefighters…

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