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Post-Traumatic Growth is Real

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There is a darkness in the world and we have the privilege and the burden of bearing witness to it. With our profession and a continual exposure to death, pain, and cruelty, it is natural to sometimes feel traumatized ourselves. This is normal if we are healthy, compassionate beings and not psychopaths. But the feeling […]

Renee Murray–Thoughts About My Fire Company

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My thoughts for today about my fire company:   Being a female in the volunteer fire service comes with a unique set of challenges; some of which are very real and nearly tangible, and others, I admit, may only exist in our (often self-conscious) imaginations. These challenges present themselves differently for all of us, so […]

Advice For A Girl Joining An All Male Fire Department by FF/Paramedic, Kenia Trevino

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Advice for a Girl Joining an all Male Fire Department   This list was given by Kenia Trevino in response to a question posted on Triple F’s group page. I thought it was very wise and so I’m sharing it! Of course, no list is definitive. There’s always more to say or do. What are […]

She’s Got Grit

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Shannon Huffman Polson, former Apache helicopter pilot and Army 2nd Lt, writes about female leadership for her column She’s Got Grit. In this article she branches out from the military to the fire service and asks me a few questions. I’m not an officer, just a firefighter, but if you’re interested you can read more […]

Sweet Maggie Lane

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In the last few years Miami Dade Fire Rescue has lost so many firefighters in their prime, it’s hard to fathom. We are still reeling. It’s taken me a few days to process the loss of Maggie Lane, but I’ve come to feel her life defines her far more than her death. It’s Maggie’s life […]

Haix Fire Hunter Xtreme Ladies

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Heroes Wear Haix     It didn’t take me long as a rookie firefighter to understand the importance of having good boots.  The blocky rubber boots issued in the academy and made for men felt like chunks of concrete on my feet, and as soon as I graduated to the field I invested in a good […]

Station Ready Rookie

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The Station Ready Rookie; Firefighter Preparation Beyond the State Skills Test is a slender gem of a book.  Simple.  Concise.  Direct.  And yet it is chockfull of wisdom and common sense.  It lays out practices essential for anyone who wants to excel in the fire service.  If firefighting is just a paycheck and an ego […]

Reflections by Jennifer DeShon

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  It’s dark, hot, and the desert air feels unbelievably dry. Three A.M. in late September, and the temperature is still about 90 degrees. I’m already starting to breathe a little harder as I hop down off the second parapet wall on the roof of an old nightclub. I’m wearing and carrying 70 pounds of firefighting […]

Defiance

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What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing. You’ve already told her twice.   I’ve heard this joke my entire career. Just about every single year, someone on the job will feel inclined to recite it to me usually in response to domestic abuse that has occurred on a call or in […]