Archive for April2018

Life to be lived

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My wife had been feeling strange for a year, didn’t know what to make of it, saw doctors, had tests and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis  I had just started my career with The Providence Fire Department and was half way through the 42nd training academy when I got the news. They let me leave […]

The elephant in the emergency room

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It is difficult for me to expose what most of know, as reluctant as we may be to admit it, as truth. EMS is held together not by highly trained professionals willing, trained and eager to respond to medical emergencies , but rather by billing, revenue and opportunity to increase wealth. Those of us who […]

Engine Co. EMS; Giving Birth

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  By Michael Morse They are the best of calls, they are the worst of calls… Just about every firefighter I know would rather enter a fully involved, occupied fertilizer factory without a charged line than deliver a baby. Until, that is, they deliver one. Field deliveries are a bit unnerving, but they can be […]

Why would you allow your children to be put in danger?

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By Michael Morse “If your job is so dangerous, why on earth would you let your kids follow in your footsteps?” Sometimes you have to let questions go unanswered. There are not enough words in all of the languages to express the pride, dread, worry, excitement, and validation felt when a child follows in your […]

More will be said and done!

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Tradition… Bagpipes, the dress blues, stories of friendship, of sacrifice, of bravery, camaraderie and accomplishment; these are the things that drew me to the fire service. The bucket brigade, Jakes and Pikemen, then Laddermen and Hose Jockeys, horses in the barn pulling the steamers, dalmatians, bells and whistles, airhorns, sirens, flashing lights and everything that […]

When all is said and done…

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Is it the day he puts in his papers?                   The last night in the station? Driving away from the station after the final shift? When he says, “I’m home,” and stays there?     Or is it when the fire in his heart diminishes and the […]

The Dangers of Firefighting

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Uniform Stories used words from one of my articles and created this short film. https://www.firerescue1.com/health/articles/134918018-The-ugly-truth-about-firefighting-the-public-doesnt-understand/   Seeing what somebody else envisioned when reading my words is surreal. Here’s what I wrote that got the project underway: Much thanks to Rebecca at Uniform Stories.   We know what we see is real. We know how it […]

A little respect

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She spends hours at the gym, had her nails done, a pedicure, her hair is perfect and she spent a few hours getting ready for a fun night out dancing in Providence with her friends. She is beautiful, and looks fantastic, and people notice, and she doesn’t mind, as long as they are not creepy […]

“Ralph Waldo Emerson wold have been a fine medic” – Michael Morse

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“To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “Engine 10 to Rescue 1, eighty year old female, respiratory distress, possible CHF.” “Rescue 1, received.” We turned the corner onto a narrow dead end street. The door of the last house on the left was […]

Rescuing Providence, by Michael Morse

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This is the home of Rescuing Providence, written by Michael Morse. Michael is a retired Captain with the Providence, RI Fire Department. He started his career in 1991 and retired in 2016. After graduating from the 42nd training academy he was temporarily assigned to Special Hazards 1, then moved to Ladder Co. 7, Engine Co. […]

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