In regards to AK’s post;
Dude sounds to me like you have been “Burned” on the relationship thing. I think you may want to step back and look around you. I am willing to bet there are Many of your co-workers that are married, and have been for many years. Like I said, mine is from a FF family, my father-in-law is a retired FMO, who still works in the FF industry and my mother-in-law is still right there beside him, Grandmother-in-law is retired from the FS too, she worked as a lookout, and Grandfather-in-law (who is not with us anymore) was a FS FF as well as LA County, and there is a Uncle that retired FF too. We have friends, all married and have been as well as the newly weds (some Husband FF’s, some wife FF’s) who all love and support their FF. Relationships are all different, people change, thats a fact of life, there are divorces no matter what your job is. And I do agree with you on one thing, We do know what we are getting ourselves into in these relationships, And if you truly love the FF, and respect what he/she is doing (as with any job a loved one would hold not just FF) you are going to stick it out for the long haul. One key element…Respect each other.
Oh and BTW, I am also in the outfit too, not a Ff but in support, with a 10 yr old, a 20 yr, and 4-H, family and a whole bunch of critters. Life is Grand!!
Abs, Fire Momma, Sammi, and everyone, Just love em, and pray for em.