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A Firefighter’s Parade

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I am not a parade kind of person.  I find peace and solitude far more appealing, (which does not explain my choice of careers, I know!) yet I wanted to find a place where Triple F’s Fabulous Female Firefighters could come together from across the country and have a chance to meet in person. Somewhere […]

Triple F MindSet

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Triple F is a mindset.  An attitude.  It’s a determination to forge our mind, body, and spirit into an indomitable flame. Indomitable means “impossible to subdue or defeat” and flame is pure energy and light, so I find indomitable flame an inspiring metaphor for human potential.  To become this indomitable flame means taking the path less […]

Browned Skin Girls and Belt Buckles

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One thing I love about the fire service is its deep tradition and emblems of brotherhood.  Representations of our trade abound linking us all as a common tribe.  Generally, though, the figurative images tend to be white and male.  In America’s earlier days the Irish were fierce firefighters and I appreciate that, but as they […]

Bring Your A Game

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One day, many years ago during the fire academy, we had to search for a downed firefighter and then drag a dummy out of the tower.  That part was relatively easy.  Getting it back up numerous flights of stairs was another story.  I remember standing at the bottom of the tower with this enormous hunk […]

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 […]

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 […]

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