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Empathy fuels connection, Sympathy drives disconnection

People love a person in uniform and firefighters are at the top of that list. While most firefighters can start a new relationship with ease, some may lack the knowledge of how to turn it into a more meaningful partnership beyond the initial stage. We focus not only on dating and marriage but also on the relationships that firefighters have with other family members, friends and fellow firefighters.

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UNTIL IT DOESN’T

The beauty of the camaraderie, dark humor and fire station joking is that it effortlessly builds resilience. Until it doesn’t.  Everyone wants to feel like they belong. It’s a human drive to feel like you are connected to a group and a part of something bigger than yourself. In many ways, it is this sense of […]

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SURVIVAL OF THE STRONG

Can we rely on the tests of the past to qualify the firefighters of the present? Of the future? As firefighters, we want the best. We want the best in order to be able to do the best job we can. On the whole, we’re motivated and driven; we have a job to do, we […]

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MORE ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO SELF-ESTEEM

Validate each achievement you have, no matter how small you think they may be Let’s answer a few questions, shall we? Do you have a high self-esteem? Do you have a high self-confidence? Can you have a high self-esteem but low self-confidence or low self-esteem but high self-confidence? Maybe you are asking right now — […]

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MORALITY CHECK

Checking in with our motives is a good way to keep ourselves on the right side of morality. Done any good deeds lately? You may be on your way to work, tunes cranked, smiling with self-satisfaction as you think about how you just brought in your neighbor’s garbage bins and shoveled his sidewalk. Sure, the […]

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LONE WOLF

Just for a moment, consider the relationships you have with your coworkers. Love them, tolerate them or hate them, we all have workplaces. But what kind of places are workplaces? This is a question worth considering because, in large part, workplaces express the relationships forged with coworkers and colleagues. Positive or negative, these relationships define […]

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DOES BEING NICE COME AT A COST?

Using aggression as a tool to get what you want can be an asset when used in a controlled and methodical way. We’ve all heard the saying that nice guys finish last. This trope can be seen in any number of movies in which the sweet guy finds himself outshined by the jerk both in […]

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LEAVE YOUR “A”TYPE PERSONALITY AT THE FIREHALL

Lots of people with type A personalities don’t have trouble switching gears between their work and family lives. People often have a mystified impression of firefighters, and for good reason. Firefighters are our first line of defense against many natural and manmade disasters, jumping into action in situations where the natural (and wise) instinct is […]

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