Life

Firefighters face many daily uncertainties. All too often, media coverage of a fire call or accident causes us to re-live the traumas we have witnessed, making it impossible to enjoy a normal and healthy life while off duty and away from the hall. We focus on topics surrounding travel, entertainment, transportation and the lighter side of firefighting (humor, camaraderie, and secrets of the trade).

Latest: Life

FIREFIGHTING AS A LIFESTYLE – AMBER BOWMAN STORY

When Amber Bowman entered the field of firefighting, she saw it as more than just a career and a consistent paycheck. Firefighting is a challenging, empowering, and rewarding career, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Firefighting is about community, and she took that portion of the role very seriously. Amber has created a …

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LEAVING A LEGACY – THE JOSH POWELL FOUNDATION

By Julie Fitz-Gerald “His positive outlook on life and persistence to keep living still inspires many to this day.” “Miracles happen every day–why not me?” was First Lieutenant William Josh Powell’s motto during his two year battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare and deadly cancer that grows in connective tissues. Being a First Lieutenant, army …

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LIFE LESSONS WITH JIM BURNEKA JR.

With close to 20 years under his belt in the fire service, Jim Burneka Jr. is a go-getter who has learned a lot of life lessons. The biggest one: “If you see something that bugs you, don’t be afraid to talk about it.” Currently a full-time Dayton firefighter, founder of Firefighter Cancer Consultants, Trustee of …

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CHOOSING A GRILL

These days, consumers have more choice than ever, and barbeque season is no exception. Looking askance at your rust-encrusted grill at home? Thinking about getting one for the fire hall? Consider fuel. Gas (propane or natural gas), charcoal and electric are the three basic fuel types. Choosing the right type depends on balancing the benefits …

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FOOOOOOORE!!! GOLFERS UNITE WITH THE LUCK OF THE IRISH

Firefighters … drop your hoses and pack your putters! It’s time to hit the greens and where better to do that than in the land of Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and four-leaf clovers. The game may have originated in Scotland in the 15th century but really came into its own in Ireland, now home to 11 of …

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RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY OR AN INJURY

Sometimes it takes a major setback to realize what you have. For a firefighter, even a minor injury can lead to frustration and possible weeks on light duty. It’s easy to push off appointments and assume time will heal any nagging pain. For many injuries, time does not heal all wounds. If you are still …

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Secure Your Gait: Finding The Right Running Shoes

By: John Mackenzie It can be overwhelming to find your next pair of running shoes – especially when you don’t know anything about your needs and the types of shoes available to fit those needs. Where to Start We’ve all been there: our athletic shoes are looking a little worse for the wear and seem …

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