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FIRE Wife LIFE

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The Issues

Although every marriage is unique,

we have found that fire wives face many of the same issues.

Here are just a FEW of what we hear most often:

 

PTSD & Mental Health

How do I get help to cope?

How do I know if my husband needs help? 

What can I do to help him obtain what he needs for himself, and for the family? 

“My husband is very distant after he returns home from the fire station, especially after a ‘bad’ call,

or after being up all night.  How do I get him to communicate with me?”


The Family vs. The Fire Station

Home power struggles

Navigating the stages of marriage.

When do the wife and family become the top priority? 

When he is home, why is he on the phone talking fire?

Children and the MANY issues that accompany raising them in a fire family


Use of Off Time

Why is he hunting?

Why isn't he helping around the house?"

 “When he is off for 24 or 48 hours, why is he doing things that don't include me?


Infidelity Concerns

Female firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency personnel

Bonding with coworkers over difficult situations and trauma 

The Job

Competing with the “hero syndrome”

  “Why won’t he take off work for important things to me or our children?”
“I make more money, why is the job of a firefighter, or his schedule more important?"

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What We Do

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The "Get-Real" Conversation

Through highly interactive "get real" conversations, we work as a national team to lead seminars, weekend retreats, conference presentations, and various events that allow for wives to laugh, cry, share, and get really honest in a safe and fun space, with other women who live this Fire Wife Life.  These conversations can arranged by Fire Wife Life, or any wife can call us, and bring us to your town or group!

The Brunch Chronicles

This is the same as our "Get-Real" Conversation. However, we use a restaurant or pub space that includes drinks and a day out!

The Conference Builder

If you have an annual conference, and you are looking for events for your spouses, we can build that for you!

The Retreat

 

Many wives need some time away to talk more in-depth (1 and 2 day retreats), and experience the time together with other spouses who understand what they may be going through. We will choose the locations, and put together the weekend, you just come ready to talk honestly and openly, while you further build your support system and tribe!

The Wives' Obstacle Course

 

Although wives will never fully understand what it is like to put on the gear and respond to a working fire, or rescue call, we have worked to simulate an altered version that wives will actively participate in as "firefighters".  We have added fun twists and a few great gifts along the course.  We hope to provide spouses with at least a basic idea of the physical challenges our husbands face while working.

ON THE HORIZON!!!!

During the month of October 2021,

we will be adding the following endeavor:

A National Advisory Council on Mental Health

We know that both firefighters and their wives face an alarmingly high rate of PTSD and mental health issues associated with the job.  This can directly impact not only the firefighter, but the spouse, and the entire family.  Fire Wife Life is currently working with a number of top organizations and individuals throughout the U.S., to build a National Advisory Council on Mental Health!  Once solidified, we will be adding a list of programs through this endeavor.

ON THE HORIZON!!!!

During the month of October 2021,

we will be adding the following endeavor:

Fire Wife Fund

 

Currently, we are putting in place the parameters for a FUND that will be available for any wife to apply to for support.  No matter what the circumstance is, we know that times can become difficult, and we want to be able to respond with tangible aid!  Once in place, it will be as easy as a quick click on the website, and you can confidentially apply online.

Wife to Wife!

 

Sometimes, wives need to talk!  If at any time you are struggling and need a voice at the other end of the phone, CALL US!  404-242-3640  We will talk with you, and direct you to trusted resources if you need them!  

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To bring Fire Wife Life to your Tribe, Fire Department, or Conference, give us a call or reach out here!