Archive for May2015

as usual…Politics

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“Here’s your new schedule. Take it and shut up, or screw, there’s plenty of people waiting to do your job.” This is the shit that kills firefighters more than fires, more than heart attacks, falls, electrocutions or drownings. This is the shit that sneaks into a firefighters subconscious and eats away at their desire to […]

The Beach

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A firefighter needs a place to go to unwind after the tour is through. I am fortunate, a twenty minute walk takes me to a beach where hardly anybody goes. It wasn’t that way in years gone by; Gaspee Point is the place where the first blow for freedom from British Tyranny began. I go […]

With Gratitude

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I think of the soldiers whose lives ended in a foreign land, or even here at home, far away from their friends and families. I think of their last moments, as they looked into the eyes of a person they may have known only a little while, but whose bond held them tighter than blood […]

Window of opportunity

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I tell people a back injury ended my career. That’s because people just will never understand that it was far more than physical injury that contributed to what finally broke me. http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/fire_life/articles/2015/may/maybe-i-should.html

Fast and Rosier

This time, I’m going to make a difference. Everything is working; the family called 911 five minutes after the symptoms began, Engine Company 11 arrived three minutes after that, oxygen was administered immediately, vital signs and neurological function assessed and a report transmitted to me. This time, everything is going my way. The family has […]

Top 10 reasons EMS gets no respect

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“I tell ya, I don’t get no respect!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard an EMT or paramedic say that one I’d be able to quit this stinking job. The pay stinks, people are idiots, the staff at the hospital doesn’t respect us, and the cops think they are running OUR […]

Should firefighters shop while on duty?

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I saw a couple of firefighters in the market today, I said hello without getting into the “I used to be one of you” routine and went about my business. Seems like yesterday that I was the one in the uniform, the one with the radio plastered to my ear, loud enough so I could […]

Cut the Cord

And a child is born,   another life,   another story begins.   This one arrives on a stretcher,   rolling through the doorway   at Woman and Infants Hospital.   It couldn’t wait,   couldn’t stand another minute   inside the womb,   of the woman who pushed it away   I said, It’s […]