Hi DS and welcome……we have a fairly slow list here but hopefully it will grow. I agree with Fire Momma……this can be a very lonesome, stressful life. We’ve been a FF family for a very long time and I still have times when I want to yell STAY HOME!!!!!!!! But, not once have I ever said “I don’t want you to go”…..because he would have stayed home. So it can be hard on relationships.
There are lots of things everyone does to keep up with the FF and try to stay in touch. I personally have a new large map I keep every year on the freezer door and I mark the fires and put pictures, news clippings etc for them. Even the older ones will stand there looking at where they have been and start telling stories, adventures.
I also have a pendant, a gold FF symbol, I put it on when the first one goes out and take it off for the season when the last one gets home. Just sorta my way to stay close. Probably all the significant others of the FF do things too and maybe will share…anyway….welcome and any help or support needed don’t hesitate to say…