Author Archives: Michael Morse

Everybody goes home

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…I DO NOT expect anybody under my command to make “the ultimate sacrifice.” The ultimate sacrifice in this company is spending time away from our families so that the people we are paid to protect are protected to the best of our ability. There will be no “so that others may live” nonsense here; our […]

Document, Document, Document!

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One of the smartest things I did while running 911 calls was to write down the things I thought were worthy of sharing. A lot of those things were not what most people thought worthy, I focused on the stories that seldom get told figuring the dramatic stuff would be told by somebody else. It […]

Speak your mind, not your heart

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You can say whatever you want on social media, it’s how you say it that matters. There is no need to get fired supporting or not supporting the protest of the day. I love all people, black people included, until they do something to change how I feel about them, but I do not agree […]

Medics fighting fire?

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When a firefighter working in a Fire/EMS system doesn’t embrace EMS he is considered a pariah, a dinosoar and a  bum but it is perfectly acceptable for a paramedic working in the same department to shun fire duty. Doesn’t seem right, but that is the way it is.  

Lessons learned while moonlighting

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ffsetla/ The best tip I ever received never made it into my pocket, but it was deeply imbedded into my head, and my heart. Nobody told me, they showed me. Actions speak louder than words. There are no winners or losers in this life, just people doing the best they can in whatever circumstances they find […]

Reality Check

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Who is doing the hiring around here? These kids look younger and younger, when I started they only hired people my age.

The Sinking State of America

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My Forth of July rant, sorry bout that, sometimes the State of Affairs just gets to me. “…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” The key words to me here are, […]

Because we were Firemen

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A new guy had a fat chance of grabbing overtime on the 4th of July, most of the spots were taken by the senior firefighters. Provdence used to man two task forces then, each consisting  of two engine  companies  and a ladder truck. Ten or twelve men, one engine to pump, one to feed and […]

Save the Alligator

Entry Img We see lots of strange things, but a four foot alligator in the bathtub of a burning house sure gets your attention! Providence firefighters saved the alligator, some snakes and the house. Eight of them were injured during the fight. It happens when the people we work for go out of their way to […]


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THE DIFFERENCE 06/23/2016 By Michael Morse “Attention, Engine 3 and Rescue 1: Respond to 647 Broad Street for an MVA involving an unresponsive 10- year-old.” That will get you going. We flew out of the station toward the incident. Engine 3 arrived on scene first and radioed the findings. “Engine 3 to Fire Alarm: Advise […]

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