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The Challenges of a Firefighter Marriage 

Anne & Mike Gagliano 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marriage can either be a passionate, intimate love affair that lasts a lifetime or a toxic, contentious experience that ends in utter heartbreak.  Add in the unique challenges presented by the rough and tumble world of the fire service and making it work can be tough. In this class, real life husband and wife team Mike and Anne Gagliano take an honest, hard-hitting look at what is happening to firefighter marriages and why.  They examine what makes this profession different than any other and how those differences impact marriage.  With their 30 plus years of experience, they will share what they have learned that has helped their marriage stand the test of time and defy the odds.

Anne Gagliano 

Anne Gagliano is an author, lecturer and spouse to Seattle Fire Captain Mike Gagliano for over 30 years. Her Fire Engineering article “What Every Firefighter’s Spouse Should Know” and ongoing contributions to 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.  Her work highlights the many joys and challenges of love, fun and passion in a first-responder marriage.   

Anne and Mike have two wonderful sons, Michael Gagliano and Rick Gagliano.  They now have a lovely daughter-in-law, Samantha Gagliano, and are the proud new grandparents of a precious granddaughter, Quinn Gagliano. 


Mike Gagliano 

Mike has twenty-nine years of fire/crash/rescue experience with the Seattle Fire Department and the United States Air Force. Mike co-authored the best-selling book Air Management for the Fire Service, and Challenges of a Firefighter Marriage.