Archive for January2018

Can’t take it back

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“You don’t like me do you?” he asked. It was late. We had been running all night, he had been drinking all night. He smelled. We smelled. He smelled worse. A lot worse. Days of piss dried onto filthy clothing reeks. It fills the back of the rescue instantly, making me retch. I could have […]

A Calendar for every body

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  Firefighter Calendars are as plentiful as fruit cake this time of year, and everybody loves a firefighter, especially a scantily clad one. When I was young and pretty somebody asked me to be part of the Providence Firefighters Calendar. I refused, not because I didn’t think I would be a swell Mr. October, rather […]

Falling through the ice

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My brother fell through the ice. He got out, but I don’t think he walked on frozen water again. I remember skating on the pond he fell through, and hearing the cracks, and stopping mid-stride, waiting for the ice to give in, and send me into the freezing water. I heard that there is an […]

A Lifetime Together

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She sat in the chair; her chair, facing the doorway. She looked comfortable, all of her stuff was nearby, the crossword book, remote control, a cool drink on a worn table. She stared  as I entered, focusing her fear and anger at me. “She has Parkinsons, and has been forgetting things lately,” said her daughter. […]

The ripple effect

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How many people are affected by every call we go on? Obviously, the people making the 911 call, then the dispatchers, then us, then the people who hear the sirens and see the lights, and get out of the way, or not. Neighbors, friends, family; everybody who sees a fire truck, police cruiser or ambulance […]

The simple things weren’t always

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Believe it or not, there was a time when I did not know everything! My Engine Co EMS column at Fire Engineering talks about learning the simple things, thanks for reading… By Michael Morse Making it look easy does not come naturally in EMS or the fire service. There are no, “fake it ‘til you make it” […]

No more boxes

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Once upon a time, in a kingdom much like this, but far different, there were magic red boxes located in all the villages and towns, and people could pull the handles, and firefighters would come, and save the day, and everybody lived happily ever after!   http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180118/report-little-compton-family-drives-to-fire-station-to-report-fire-at-their-home  

Working Together

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Michael Morse Fire-based EMS has transformed from paramedics standing by in case of amputation, electrocution, cardiac arrest, childbirth, and worse into a medical transport organization, complete with a billing model designed to make money. The result is a lot of calls for routine medical care that are dispatched as an emergency. Disillusionment seeps into the […]

Donna

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Former co-worker week continues… From “Rescuing Providence” Chapter 1, page 12 “The crew of Engine 3 assisted us as we loaded the patient into the truck. I noticed that Donna was not with them. She was helping load a motor vehicle accident victim into the rescue a few weeks ago. While lifting the stretcher into […]

Dan Rinaldi

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It was hot, blistering hot, the sun seemed to be inside the earth’s atmosphere, pounding her inhabitants with unrelenting heat. The A/C unit in Rescue 1 was useless, I was miserable, my partner was miserable, everybody was miserable. Everybody but Dan Rinaldi. We pulled our overheated truck onto the ramp at Washington Street, I forget […]

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