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).


Building Her Own Box

Firefighters all have unique journeys with many stories to tell from the profession. For Clare Frank, her journey is anything but ordinary and she honors these experiences in her new book, Burnt: A Memoir of Fighting Fire.

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Beyond Bricks: Architect Robert Mitchell Designs Fire Stations with Safety at the Core

In an exclusive interview, Cres Guard sat down with Robert (Bob) Mitchell, an architect with Wendel Companies. With a remarkable career designing public safety facilities spanning back to 1993, Bob has been the creative mind behind the design of more than 200 fire and police stations. His years of experience and hundreds of municipal interactions have taught him much about public safety departments and their intricate operations.

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Firefighting and the Paranormal

"Have you ever had an experience you just couldn’t explain? Perhaps you’ve walked into an empty room at the firehouse and had the inexplicable feeling that you weren’t alone. Maybe the air felt strangely cold. Did you glimpse a face in the window when you knew no one was there?"

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The First Black Female Firefighter In The City of Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina, a city steeped in history, witnessed an unprecedented milestone on October 22, 1990—the induction of Chantè Coad into the revered ranks of the Columbia Fire Department. It wasn't just routine hiring; Coad’s induction into the department represented a seismic shift, a breakthrough that echoed far beyond the realms of employment, resonating as a testament to resilience, determination, and a beacon of groundbreaking achievement.

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Can You Take A Joke?

“The funniest comedians in the world are in firehouses,” says Brian Quinn. Let’s face it, a firehouse is a breeding ground for friendly humor and practical jokes. Having a joke played on you means you’re part of the family, you’ve made the cut, and you now have a cool story about how you lost your eyebrows. 

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Nature as Medicine

There’s a strong correlation between exposure to nature and positive health outcomes. But how much nature do you need to lower your stress level, lift your spirits and protect your health? 

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Healthy Living with the Frontier X2 

Nobody understands the value of lifesaving equipment more than the brave army of individuals we call first responders. When it comes to these high-stakes situations, it is plain to see the pivotal role that protective gear and modern machinery play in saving lives.  But, lives are saved in many ways, and a lot of the time it’s not in such explicitly dangerous situations. Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of mortality globally, and the world of bio-engineering is attempting to slow this widespread killer by offering us the lifesaving equipment that can combat it.

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