THE DIFFERENCE

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THE DIFFERENCE 06/23/2016 By Michael Morse “Attention, Engine 3 and Rescue 1: Respond to 647 Broad Street for an MVA involving an unresponsive 10- year-old.” That will get you going. We flew out of the station toward the incident. Engine 3 arrived on scene first and radioed the findings. “Engine 3 to Fire Alarm: Advise […]

Fire Department in Ruins

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The Providence Fire Department  has been systematically destroyed since the day I started in 1991. A succession of mayoral administrations have nickel and dimed the members, raided our pension system to fund the general fund that has been depleted with raises for city hall employees and various programs. Our fire stations are rat infested, dilapidated […]

The Dirty Work of Firefighting

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06/15/2016 http://06/fire-ems-dedicated-compartment.html By Michael Morse Firefighting is a dirty job: we get dirty, our gear gets dirty, and our equipment gets dirty. Keeping our firefighting equipment clean and operational is second nature. Most good engine companies periodically dump the hose beds and scrub the feeders and attack lines, do a systematic check of the nozzles, […]

Fireman in the Fridge

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Keeping our food supply safe!

A new beginning, but not quite yet

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I found them at the bus station, all of their belongings stuffed into five backpacks, the seams strained, worn, cheap things, filled with cheap clothes and all the little treasures that they could fit, and there wasn’t much room for those. Their lives were in those packs, dirt covered, plastic containers holding the remnants of […]

Sex on duty? You bet!

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Captain Mike’s Clickbait Shop is Open for Business! Paramedic drinks the blood of his patients while searching for eternal life!   My job, as a writer of articles for the internet audience is to get you to click on the link to the story I wrote. The best way to accomplish this task is by […]

First Responders in Orlando

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“War and work are two different existences. Combat soldiers survive horrific things, and witness carnage, and cause it. They do their job, and move on. Few of them expect to do so for 20-plus years, and of those few, fewer still can.” http://responders-in-orlando-are-doing-the-unimaginable

Somebody

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Somebody has to check bodies for signs of life. Somebody has to wade through blood and gore, check pulses, shine lights in dead eyes, attach leads to bullet riddled chests and document their findings. Somebody has to ignore incessant cell phone rings, Somebody went to work yesterday, fully expecting business as usual, and instead found […]

Chief Day, can it really be 10 years?

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 Somewhere in my career between thinking I knew everything and realizing I didn’t I found myself working for Captain Michael Day at Engine 10, the Broad Street Bullies. I had just been shacked from my previous spot, shacking being the equivalent of being traded to a different team because you didn’t fit in with your […]

Supreme Court orders city to reconsider firefighters disability pension

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I’ve been battling The City of Providence for years, finally, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island reached a decision. The question was simple, did the Providence Retirement Board act properly in denying a disability pension to me because one out of six doctors opined that I was actually not injured as a result of my […]

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