Author Archives: Michael Morse

Have a Memorable Memorial Day

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  Please don’t wish me. “Happy Memorial Day.” Have a “Memorable Memorial Day” is much more appropriate. Remember to toast those that have preserved our freedom this Memorial Day Weekend; The Greatest Generation, the generations that preceded them and just as importantly, our generation. Seems like we have been at war, declared or otherwise since […]

Why Good Firefighters Cross-train with EMS

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By Michael Morse A good firefighter is a cross-trained firefighter. Members who know how best to be an engine company member AND a ladder company member are imperative to a well-run fire department. Anybody who has donned turnout gear knows this and prides himself on his ability to adapt to whatever task that needs doing […]

Armed Security for Fire/EMS

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https://www.nydailynews.com/amp/new-york/give-thanks-emts-dedication-dangerous-job-article-1.3196553 As much as I hate the idea, I now believe that it is time to arm Fire/EMS. For years I preached that it is against everything that we stand for to be armed. It was my belief that our good intent would keep us safe for the most part, that the populace we serve […]

EMS Week 2017; EMS Strong, Always in service

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She sat across the room, 10, maybe 15, feet away. I don’t think she was aware that I was aware of her and her condition. Last week she told me that her due date was two days away, which made her five days overdue. She was uncomfortable, and so was I. I couldn’t relax. The […]

Do Not Resuscitate

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Moments to Remember 05/16/2017 I remember thinking, this decision could cost me my job. Then I remember thinking, this job might cost me far more… By Michael Morse It’s late, the hour, and the amount of time left for the man whose dying breaths fill the room. The dreadful sound of a person’s final moments […]

Mother’s Day

Ann Elizabeth Morse January 13, 1938  –   December 14, 2004 My mother had a massive head bleed in June of 1997, or 1998, I find it hard to believe now, but I honestly don’t remember when, it might  have even been 1996. Or even July or August. She fought it for about a year, […]

No Hugs! (unless you are Scott Grace)

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A friend asked me to repost this, I took it down from my Facebook page because of the profound sadness that overwhelmed me yesterday made it seem inappropriate. As the pain diminishes memories of our time together returns, and his very innapropriateness made me love him even more. Scott passed away earlier this week. He […]

The secret lives of firefighters

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5 stresses firefighters deal with that others don’t know about. There is always the chance that something will happen that we have no control over; it’s those fears that keep us up at night. We love this job and thank the good fortune that was bestowed upon us that we are firefighters. And what‘s not […]

ER Violence

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They come to the emergency rooms looking for help, or are brought there by EMS or the police because they need help but don’t know it. When they arrive they are treated with kindness, respect and professionalism. They are fed, given a bed and a blanket, a kind word, competent medical care and a safe […]

Residency requirements are obscene

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“What do they know, they don’t live here!” says every supporter ever of residency requirements for police officers and firefighters. I didn’t live within city limits when I was employed as a firefighter, but within a year I knew more about the place than most of the people who do. I knew more about the […]

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