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Firestorms, Hurricanes, and Massacres; The Light Behind the Darkness

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We are experiencing a time of great turmoil right now; destruction, chaos and pain. It’s exhausting and overwhelming. But it is also an opportunity. Because the possibility exists for the inconsequential, the small and mundane desires that no longer serve us, to be swept aside as deep, consequential energies rise to the surface.   Questions […]

HEROES – jennifer deshon

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“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca I have believed for a long time that the hardest thing firefighters do is get up every morning and go to work, never knowing what the day might throw at us. To face that uncertainty is the one truly brave thing we […]

“Game of Fire” by DeShon and Haff for FireRescue Magazine

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Jennifer DeShon and I wrote a piece for Fire Rescue Magazine about My Lost Brothers by Brendan McDonough and his account of being the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Crew that perished in 2013 when a brutal wildland fire claimed 19 men. This was an exciting, fascinating, and incredibly tragic story about a lost young […]

Bright Star: Pink Responder Right Angle in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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One of my mottos since becoming a firefighter is that you can’t have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives, so I was excited to review the pink Bright Star Right Angle Responder Flashlight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   . You can never have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives.   I’m always a […]

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 […]

Getting a Military Feel at Patriot Warrior/Global Medic

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    “Black Hawks crossed the sky with Humvees dangling beneath like enormous steel spiders. A C17 took flight while inside intensely focused critical-care teams crisscrossed the plane’s leviathan belly. Young soldiers with rifles and a hundred pounds of gear on their bodies trotted for miles down a seemingly endless road. And there we were–a […]

Spartan, Sloucher or The Middle Way

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Lately, the fire service seems to contain two extremes of fitness:  exceptional or non-existent.  On one hand, it is full of incredibly fit people whose workouts resemble a Spartan special forces team and whose bodies look like someone out of Muscle and Fitness magazine.  On the other hand, we have our out of shape, overweight […]

Come Hell or High Water

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An article I wrote for Fire Rescue Magazine and Firefighter Nation about an incredible rescue attempt by MDFR’s Fireboat 1 http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/come-hell-or-high-water   By Gea Leigh Haff Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | From the April 2015 Issue of FireRescue “Surely it would be every firefighter’s worst nightmare to watch a young couple burn to death only feet away while […]

Air Rescue at Sea

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My first article for Firefighter Nation and Fire Rescue Magazine! http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/rescue-water     A video of Air Rescue North’s open water night hoist to the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway–     Thank you Lieutenant Scott Mullin for the great photos. “Always Ready, Proud to Serve”  

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