Archive for July2015

Finishing touch

Entry Img

It used to be when somebody got shot we would talk about it. Who responded, where were they shot, how many times, were they breathing, how much blood, were you in danger? The news was sure to follow the story for a few days, the camera crews would fight for position on the sidewalk as […]

City Pool

Entry Img

A fire hydrant is a magnificent and complex machine that allows firefighters to tap into a municipal water system to assist in extinguishing a fire. Yet, during the upcoming steamy days of summer, the children will insist upon opening hydrants to play in the powerful and deadly streams. How do we stop this dangerous practice? […]

Rescue 1 Responding

Entry Img

My second book, Responding is being re-issued with a new look, new title and new publisher. The original version never had a chance in the difficult and competitive book business. The publisher, Emergency Publishing did what they promised, I have no complaints  with them. This time around, however the book will get the editing, cover […]

Providence Burning

Entry Img

I have to admit, the new cover for Rescuing Providence is exactly what I wanted. Providence Burning. I may have to seek therapy. The book has been out of print for a few months now, and the e-book unavailable. All of that is changing next month when it will be re-issued, first as an e-book, […]

The secret language of EMS

Entry Img

From the book, Responding: I spent months in EMT cardiac school learning how to analyze different rhythms and their underlying cause. We practiced identifying and interpreting everything from a normal sinus rhythm, premature atrial contractions, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, junctional rhythms, PVC’s, V-tack, asystole and many more. Mike has finished connecting the leads, runs […]

Up All Night

Entry Img

07/16/2015 Fire Engineering gives me two opportunities each month to connect with their readers. One column focuses on training and Engine Company EMS. The following article is from the lesser known section of their website, FireLife. Here, I get to write about whatever I like, as long as it has to do with the fire […]

The same but different

Entry Img

Rescuing Providence   3 hrs ·   In the twelve years I was a Rescue Officer in Providence I’ve had 2 female partners a Hispanic partner, a Jewish Partner, a Black partner, an Irish partner , an Asian partner and a Troglodyte. With the exception of the Troglodyte, each and every one of them has […]

Now I Worry

Entry Img

We think we’re bulletproof, protected by invisible borders that somehow keep us safe. People get killed “over there” not here. We say what we want, do what we want and think what we want.   Unless a maniac with hate in his heart and guns in his hands decides to end all that. Then those […]

Who’s on Point?

Entry Img

Writing personal anecdotes is a hoot, I get an enormous kick out of telling these stories. However, I did respond to a ton of 911 emergencies during my time as a firefighter, Lieutenant and Captain, the majority of which were EMS related. When the folks at Fire Engineering asked me to do an Engine Company […]

Respect and Admiration

Entry Img

I’ve been away from the daily grind of patient care for a while now, but still enjoy reading, writing and talking about Fire/EMS things. I keep this blog going because I think I still have valid things to share, and like to stay somewhat relevant in the field I worked in for decades. Every now […]

Page 1 of 212