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Firefighting may not define who you are, but it sure shapes who you become

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 LIFESTYLE

Choosing the Best Fitness Watch

With your home gym all set up how do you plan on tracking your results? It’s time to go out and buy a fitness tracker, but where do you start?

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You Don’t Know What Good Feels Like – An Interview with Kevin Quinn

How do we get the everyday brother or sister firefighter to realize, even early when they’re starting out, that they need to take care of themselves?

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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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BEHIND THE SHIELD – A PODCAST FOR LIFE

It has become a tool to connect anyone who may be struggling with physical or mental health challenges with life-saving resources. James Geering, a 46-year-old retired firefighter based in Ocala, Florida, stumbled upon his new role as host of the “Behind the Shield” podcast quite by accident. After losing several firefighter friends in a short […]

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FIRE DEPARTMENT CHRONICLES – JASON PATTON

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH BELLY LAUGHING COMEDY Jason Patton is the 37-year-old brainchild behind Fire Department Chronicles, a comedic video series with a hilarious take on the daily struggles of working as a first responder. A fulltime firefighter and paramedic in Jupiter, Florida, Patton’s videos, which launched in 2017, quickly struck a chord with viewers, […]

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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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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT KAYAK

Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes so it’s important to understand the available options. Having the right kayak will not only get you the most enjoyment but it will also greatly impact your safety on the water. Firefighters work hard. For us, working hard requires peak physical fitness, which happily unlocks a range of […]

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE

How do you like to keep fit? Some hit the gym, some hit the pool, some hit the track. Some do all three. If you prefer the feel of pedals under your feet, then you know that mountain biking is another effective way to keep fit. As a low-impact sport, mountain biking gets your heart […]

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EARBUD DEBATE: I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME

A lot of us fall into the bad habit of using low-quality ear buds to listen to our music — often because they come with our phones or they’re a cheap replacement. The form factor and build of the tech you listen to music on — ear buds, over/on ear headphones or the isolating versions […]

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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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WHY DO YOU FEEL THE URGE TO TRAVEL?

Traveling can be fun but planning and booking a trip can be even better for your mind, body and soul because it releases endorphins, builds your relationship and gives you something to look forward to.   Many people think it’s important to “see what’s out there.” But why? When countless photos of the Eiffel Tower are […]

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?

Travel is a personal. It’s different for everyone. It has meaning and purpose and so the perfect time to travel is really when travel is calling you. As Transat’s motto says, “Vacation Is Calling.” We live and breathe travel. We work our butts off year after year just to afford the indulgence of transporting ourselves […]

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VACATION OR ISOLATION? CAN YOU HAVE BOTH? YOU BETCHA

The idea of going on vacation is to “get away from it all.”  But going on vacation usually means sharing a resort with a LOT of people and during these times, and right now, less is more. So how do we get away and respectfully social distance at the same time? You’ll be pleased to […]

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WHAT’S IN YOUR SUITCASE?

Let’s be honest, as soon as that cold weather kicks in and the temperature drops below 0 degrees … we’re out of here! What should we know when it comes to packing? It’s critical that we respectfully follow the rules, guidelines and safety for ourselves, and for our fellow travelers, before during and after. So, […]

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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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HOW TO SAVE FOR THAT DREAM VACATION

Is there a trip you dream of going on, like hunting, camping or even abroad with your spouse but you just never seem to have the funds? The secret is that you DO have the money. It is just a matter of finding it in your budget. Follow these steps and you’ll be up, up and […]

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