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Triple F 2013 Recap

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Inspired by my Mother’s recent passing in late March of last year, I founded Triple F-Fabulous Female Firefighters!  In that time our membership has grown six hundred strong.  The beginning of a new year is upon us and now is a fitting time to look back over our past accomplishments.  So many of you have […]

Safelight: A Novel by Shannon Burke

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Safelight is the spare, haunting story of Frank, a young paramedic and amateur photographer working the streets of New York in the 90s.  It is a time of crack wars and blazing neighborhoods, and Frank responds to a constant stream of carnage with disconnected apathy, shooting meticulous pictures of the injured and dead while his […]

Today is Christmas

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Today is Christmas and while I am on shift at the firehouse hanging out with my crew and doing our thing, my husband is home alone flipping through photography books with our german shepherd and fox terrier by his side.  He tells me he misses me. A lot.  I know I sure miss him.   […]

The Power of Story

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For millennia, humans have sat before fires, huddled together on cold, dark nights and told each other stories.  Mothers and fathers have sent their children off to sleep adrift on fairy tales for ten thousand years.  And before our species even knew language, we drew symbols of magic and hunting and death on caves to […]

Navy Seal Training: Self-Confidence

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The most effective way to engender transformation is by addressing all aspects of our being: physical, mental, and spiritual.  One reason I am drawn to Buddhism is that for 2,500 years, Buddhist monks have been systematically studying the mind and developing a system for transforming consciousness through physical, mental, and ethical steps.  The Buddha’s 8-Fold […]

Breaking Out of the Box by Susana Oatmeyer

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We all live in our own personal box of limitations. The size of the box has been determined for numerous reasons. Maybe we were told, time and time again, that we couldn’t accomplish a goal.  Maybe we failed too many times, or even just once.  The more we believe our limits, the stronger the walls […]

Always Ready, Proud to Serve

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The other day as we were returning from a call in our Engine, I looked around at my crew.  It was a relatively mellow day, and I was silently lamenting the fact that we hadn’t had a fire or extrication in quite awhile.  (I know, I know, I shouldn’t wish tragedy on anyone.)  As we […]

I am not an expert

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I’d like to clarify that although I write a blog on firefighting, I am an expert on absolutely nothing.  Niente.  Nada. I do not teach, nor have I ever.  I have had a few fires, but never pulled anyone out.  I have been on a couple dive calls and missed a body.  I have had […]

Pain

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On a recent shift it seemed like 90% of the calls we ran stemmed from emotional pain.  Some patients made themselves physically sick with it while others let their pain morph into such complete destructiveness that they endangered themselves and took the life of an innocent.  In Fire and EMS we witness intense suffering and […]

What is Triple F?

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  The other day someone asked me, “What is Triple F?”  It”s really quite simple.  Triple F is a group for women striving to succeed in a man’s world.  Traditionally, firefighting has been a man’s world and it still is.  Over 96% of the fire service is male and the numbers are not really budging.  […]

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