All the right places

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APPARATUS PLACEMENT 08/24/2016 MyEngine Co. EMS column at Fire Engineering is live, thanks for reading! By Michael Morse The first time I drove a piece of fire apparatus to a fire incident, I nearly wiped out everyone on scene. The second story of a three-level house was fully involved, a man in a wheelchair was […]

Hello Darkness

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Who needs coffee? Gray traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, two weary souls, medics in the middle of a long shift–eager to see the sun rise but desperate for rest–travel the lonely streets of the city. Soon, these deserted streets will bustle with travelers, their cars and trucks with their squealing tires and blaring […]

“Tactical Medics”

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Let the police do the policing, the criminals do the criminal-ing, the medics do the medic-ing and the world will continue to do the world-ing! Just because the people in the world are acting like monkeys is no reason to jump in the barrell. No guns for EMS!

The REAL Doctors

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He’s having a heart attack, or so he thinks, so he had his wife drive him to the ER. He’s forty-eight, no history, but smokes like a fiend and has a drink or three every day. He’s pushing 300 pounds, and “knew this day was coming.” They made it to the hospital parking garage where […]

Narcan does not save lives

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Narcan does not save lives. It is an inanimate substance that does nothing until a person activates it. And then the real life saving begins. By now, most firefighters and medics have treated opioid overdose. We have learned how to measure the medication, how to administer it and how to use a bag-valve mask to […]

The Real World?

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A world exists, parallel to our own. It is a small place, occasionally visited by people from this side. Everybody who lives there is dependent on those visits, as they are unable to care for themselves. For most, the entire life cycle begins and ends here, their time among the living brief. They are at […]

Saving a life with more than narcan

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5 ways to welcome an overdose patient back: 1. Get rid of the crowd. Waking up from a near-death experience is traumatic enough; a dozen or more people staring down at you is a little overwhelming. 2. Lower the lights. Bright lights hurt somebody with pinpoint pupils. 3. Introduce yourself. You are the only person […]

Ingenuity in the City

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Some kids got pools;             Some got oceans;           Inner city kids ain’t got much,             But they got ingenuity!  

Reviving an overdose is the best thing I did today

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More and more, engine companies are first in at opiate overdoses. Considering that many, if not most firefighters haveEMS training, treating these patients has become business as usual. Recognizing an overdose, controlling the scene, assisting ventilations, and administering medications before ALS units arrive is now considered part of a competent fire company’s duty. A concise […]

Language Barrier

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Tommy lie on his back on an Oriental rug in a home in one of the poorest sections of Providence. His mechanical wheelchair sat idle a few feet away. His mother tried to explain what happened, when she stumbled one of the guys from Engine 14 translated for her. “He was getting off the bus […]

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