Author Archives: Michael Morse

Waiting for EMS

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“Paramedics are taught not to risk their lives after mass shootings. They should.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/08/26/paramedics-are-taught-not-to-risk-their-lives-after-mass-shootings-they-should/?utm_term=.c08710b5ed8b “I was a paramedic for nearly 10 years. In that time, my job certainly put me in danger’s way; like many of my co-workers, I believed that saving a patient’s life was worth losing my own. But because EMS departments (rightly) […]

Life is Good, most of the time

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I had to write something for an introduction to Chapter 14 of my book, Rescue 1 Responding which is being featured at GoLocalProv.com. After reading the chapter that is in today’s edition, this came out; “While we are in the thick of things we respond, put people back together, or not and move on to […]

Epi-pen stock nosedives

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Public Safety’s Five Stages

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The five stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. The five widely accepted stages are, in order: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The mind processes grief very much the same way it processes the five stages of a career in Public Safety, only ass […]

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 […]

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