LIFESTYLE

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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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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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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