Author Archives: Michael Morse

You’re Gonna Miss This

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Ben at Uniform Stories asked me to write an article describing what people new to EMS would miss if it all went away. I started the article with a sneer, the sneer slowly faded as the realization of what it is really all about became clear, and before I knew it a smile had replaced […]

Baxter Street

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  Alan Tripp from Ladder Co. 5 (ret.)  posted this picture on Facebook this morning. Brought back some memories…   “Attention, Engines 10, 11, 3; Ladders 5 and 1; Special Hazards; and Division 1: a still box.” I kept my ears tuned to the radio while I chopped some onions, waiting to hear from the […]

The ME Wall

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I wrote this for Fire Engineering after putting yet another piece of my career into a box and into the basement. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

Why do we call them “Firefighters?”

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Every wonder why we call ‘em Firefighters?” Because  people in the frozen lake pluckers-toxic leak stoppers-baby’s head between the bars extricators-leaking gas tank stoppers-dead body stuck in a river recoverers-well-being checkers-car dangling on the edge of a cliff securers-boa constrictor wrapped around a person’s neck coaxers-medication bottle openers-granny stuck in the car lifters-what’s that smell […]

Hero Prep

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The best way to be a good firefighter is to be prepared. Being prepared is imperritive if you want to have the chance to become a good firefighter.

The Station Nightclub Fire, 12 Years Later

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Twelve years ago today firefighters from West Warwick, RI, a town about ten miles from Providence did everything they could to save the victims of The Station Nightclub Fire. One Hundred people died, and hundreds more were injured. I spent twenty-three years as a firefighter/EMT in Providence, RI, eleven of those years as a front-line […]

Narcan or Recovery

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*Author’s note: When I was asked to write an article about my experience with narcan my first impulse was to pass. I know that I am biased. I have seen far too many dead overdose victims to be objective. I spend every Thursday night in a twelve step program with other addicts. I hear the […]

Monkey on my Belt

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By Michael Morse He wasn’t always an alcoholic, he said, eyes downcast, voice barely audible. He went on, telling us of a childhood spent in foster homes and orphanages due to his birth parent’s inability to provide proper care for him and his twin siblings. “Back in the late 50s and early 60s foster parents […]

Who is the patient?

0420 Hrs.   “Rescue 1, Respond to 54 Chair Street for a fifty year old male who fell down a flight of stairs.”   I fumble for the radio, find the key and press.   “Rescue 1, responding.”   In the five minutes it takes to arrive on scene blood flow has resumed, hopefully erasing […]

Eternal Rest?

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“I’ll do it,” said Hector. He was the only one among us who spoke fluent enough Spanish to articulate to the family members who had assembled my desire to let this person pass peacefully. A minute at most, seconds from eternal rest. She was ninety-four. Earlier in the week we took her from her comfortable […]

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Michael Morse
Narcan or Recovery
Thank you for your comment Carolyln, you are welcome here anytime. Your husband took hostages when he married you, I'm sorry he never got the help he needed. I live very closely with an addict and alcoholic, and hope other people with addictions get the help they need before what happenned to your family happens…
2015-03-02 18:03:48
Narcan or Recovery
I probably shouldn't even reply as I'm not a drug addict nor an alcoholic, but I know what it is to be married to an alcoholic for 44 years and watch him slowly kill himself. To hear him tell me I'd better not ever do an intervention on him or he'd throw me out of…
2015-03-02 04:27:03
Katie Lee
Narcan or Recovery
I am a paramedic student writing a paper on ethics involved in Narcan use. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
2015-02-28 16:40:45
Michael Morse
Narcan or Recovery
Thank you George.
2015-02-24 21:29:45
Michael Morse
Narcan or Recovery
Thanks for that Gilbert, wish I had said it that way, would have saved me a lot of time deleting attack comments that people seem to think is their right to post if their opinion is different from my own.
2015-02-24 21:27:55

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