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Challenges of the Firefighter Marriage

Winter Fire School

Mike Gagliano

Captain (RET)
Seattle Fire Department, WA

Mike Gagliano has over thirty years of fire, crash, and rescue experience with the Seattle Fire Department and the United States Air Force. He is the captain of Ladder Five and a proud member of Fire Station Thirty-one. Captain Gagliano has written numerous fire service articles, and is a co-author of the bestselling book Air Management for the Fire Service and the self contained breathing apparatus chapter of the Handbook for Firefighter I & II published by Pennwell.

He is a member of the Fire Engineering/FDIC Advisory Board, a Director for the Firesmoke Coalition at firesmoke.org, on the advisory board of the UL-Firefighter Safety and Research Institute, and teaches across the country on air management, fireground tactics, leadership, and company officer development. Mike also co-hosts the popular Fire Engineering radio webcast, The Mikey G and Mikey D Show, and partners with his wife Anne at firelife.com to teach on strategies for developing and maintaining a strong marriage and family.

Anne Gagliano


Anne Gagliano is an author, lecturer and spouse of retired Seattle Fire Captain Mike Gagliano for over 30 years. Her Fire Engineering article What Every Firefighter’s Spouse Should Know and ongoing contributions to Firelife.com, have inspired couples all over the world to seek a fulfilling, lasting and intimate marriage despite the challenges posed by the fire service. She and Mike lecture across the country on building and maintaining a strong marriage with principles derived specifically from her three decades- worth of experience as a fire/law enforcement/military wife. They are co-authors of the bestselling Fire Engineering book Challenges of the Firefighter Marriage, that highlights the many joys and challenges of love, fun and passion in a first-responder marriage.


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  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019

In Challenges of the Firefighter Marriage, author Anne Gagliano, the widely read Fire Engineering and FireLife.com columnist, has teamed up with her husband, Captain Mike Gagliano, to share their thirty-plus years of personal experience on how marriage can thrive in the chaotic world of firefighting. In addition, they have called upon well-known and respected couples who share their stories of comfort and guidance for firefighter families everywhere. Attend and learn the aspects of this occupation that differentiate it from any other and how these impact marriage, essential conversations every firefighter couple should have, the reality of sleep disruption and how to minimize its impact, the importance of healthy intimacy in your relationship, why finances can be such a problem and ways to make it a solution and advice on how to deal with time off, kids, firefighter health, and so much more.


CoverAll participants will recieve a copy of the book, Challenges of the Firefighter Marriage.