Flame Fest 2013 is in the books!
Read the recap here at this blog post including a zillion pictures (ok, maybe just a couple hundred)
Atlanta, Georgia July 25-26, 2013
We’re excited to announce the First Annual International Fire Wife face-to-face meet up! You’re his “hot flame” and you deserve some recognition and time to play.
Being the wife of a Firefighter is so rewarding but such hard work sometimes. Gather with other fire wives who totally “get” your life.
If you are part of our Private Wives Group, you can meet in person all those wonderful fire wife friends you’ve met online. And what better place than HOTlanta? (Ok, I know that’s a worn out phrase for all of you in Atlanta but its so appropriate for us fire wives.)
Bring your husband for a little get away or just yourself and your fire wife girl friends. Your choice.
Marla Taviano, Author and Speaker
Marla Taviano is the author of From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife (Harvest House, 2006), Is That All He Thinks About? (Harvest House, 2007), Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time (Harvest House, 2008), Expecting (Howard, 2009), The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky (2011), and Once Upon the Internet (2012).
Tara Carson, Founder of The Dating Divas
Tara and Wendy from the Dating Diva will share with us fun and creative ways to date our husbands. Rumor has it she has some tricks up her sleeve for dating while he’s at the firehouse as well!
And hear a special message from Chief Rick Lasky about the “first family” and the “second family” (Hint: you are your firefighter’s first love!)
Special visit by the Pink Heals Fire Truck!
Mark Lamplugh, 1st Responder Treatment Center
Mark will speak to us about warning signs of PTSD and other more serious topics so we can help our firefighters before they turn into life changing addictions. From his website:
“Firefighter substance abuse and alcoholism is a major problem in the fire service, with around 33% of the fire service suffering from some form of PTSD from traumatic events they witness on a daily basis. Approximately 52% of PTSD sufferers will go to substance abuse, leaving around 18% of all firefighters with an addiction of some sort.”
Hal Runkel, ScreamFree Marriage
Hal Runkel is a world-renowned expert on helping families face conflict and create great relationships. A licensed therapist, relationship coach, international speaker, and organizational consultant, Hal is the bestselling author of ScreamFree Parenting, ScreamFree Marriage and The Self-Centered Marriage.
Hal is Founder and President of The ScreamFree Institute, an international training organization dedicated to calming the world, one relationship at a time. Here he has applied the most advanced approaches to family relationship theory in his practice, and developed the revolutionary ScreamFree Living methodology. Hal now presents the ScreamFree relationship programs to audiences around the world through live training events, teleconferences, webinars, and publications. In addition, he actively trains and supervises hundreds of other family professionals working to further the ScreamFree movement.
Hal and his message have been featured on over a thousand media outlets, including NBC’s Today Show, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and The 700 Club, and with his wife, Jenny, hosted “ScreamFree Radio” on Atlanta’s 750 WSB-radio.
He and Jenny have been married for 18 years, and they are raising their two teenagers in the Atlanta area.
Executive Director of Firefighter Cancer Foundation
Schedule of Events:
Thursday Evening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Meet all the fire wives (and husbands who may be tagging along) and visit with the Pink Heals Fire Truck from Savannah.
Enjoy some appetizers and drinks while we meet and greet and share some surprises with each other. Watch for details via email in late June.
8:30 AM – 3 PM
- Introduction by Lori Mercer and some of our FirefighterWife.com Advisors
- Marla Taviano, Author and Speaker, Internet Friendships and Intimacy in Marriage
- Tara and Wendy from the Dating Divas lead us through a session on “How to Date Your Husband” especially when they are away so much like our men. We’ll do a hands on take away and you will receive a brand new firefighter themed date night kit!
- Mark Lamplugh, 1stResponderTreatment.com will share his personal story of addiction recovery and the PTSD implications and talk to us wives about the warning signs and symptoms
- Cindy Ell, Firefighter Cancer Foundation brings awareness to the extra risk of cancer in our firefighters and what we can do
- We’ll hear from a small panel for FirefighterWife.com advisors and fire wife bloggers
3 pm – 5 pm We’ll have a break in the late afternoon to just hang by the pool (or the nearby mall) and socialize.
6:30 – 11:00 We’ll wrap up the event with a nice dinner in the evening with special awards and some guest speakers including Hal Runkel, author of ScreamFree Marriage. (Husbands are invited for the dinner. What a good excuse to see him dressed all snazzy!)
$85 for a Fire Wife includes Appetizers, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a special goody bag
$55 for a Firefighter Husband includes Appetizers, Breakfast and Dinner
*NEW* Dinner Only Ticket Options $50 / person
And a special thank you to Department, Union and Fire Family Financial Supporters:
- Todd and Felicia Waggoner
- AJ and Heather Isaacs
- Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette, TN
And thank you to our in kind donors:
- Code 3 Spices
- Firehouse Shirt Club
- Deena’s Designs
- FireDog Jewelry
- Chicago Fire and Cop Shop
- It’s a Hit: Stamped Jewelry
- Diana Wilkins Fire Hose Paintings
- Give ’em the Axe Personalized Fire Axes
- Simply Sweet by B – Turnout Gear Purses and Accessories