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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).

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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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