Author Archives: Michael Morse

Character

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr. The beauty of EMS lives within Martin Luther King’s famous quote. Our patients are not judged […]

We happy few

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A Firefighter’s Life Well Lived 11/16/2016 Fire Engineering By Michael Morse Before you know it, your career will be over. You may make it 10, 20, 30, or 40-plus years; it matters not, it goes by in a blink. I made it to 25, spent more time than I care to recall complaining about this […]

Nowhere to go

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A Real Emergency 01/10/2017 By Michael Morse “Rescue 1, Respond to 1835 Broad Street for an intoxicated male at the payphone.” Duty calls. Duty waits. I refastened my belt loosely and hit the pole. “Rescue 1, responding.” We rolled out of the station and into the city. Some folks would have taken care of business […]

My Books

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My books tell our story. Rescuing Providence covers a thirty-four hour shift on Rescue 1 in Providence,  RI. Rescue 1 Responding is the sequel to Rescuing Providence  and follows up where the first left off; twenty-four hours later, a thirty-eight hour shift. City Life is a collection of short  stories written just after they happenned. […]

Nothing left but ghosts

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The City of Providence closed two fire stations and three companies yesterday. There was no public outcry, no candlelight vigils, no “Save our Station” protests, just firefighters leaving their station for the last time and locking the door behind them. Those firefighters start their new assignments today, different station, different truck, different life. http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170107/providence-firehouses-closing-as-part-of-downsizing In […]

When homeless is better than home

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It took a while to spot her, she blended in with the litter covering most of the empty lot. I’ve learned to look closely when called to this address. With nowhere else to go a lot of homeless people gather here. A couple of old chairs sat empty around a lonely tree, used condoms, discarded […]

Foreword

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I asked my friend, Greg Friese if he would consider writing the foreword for my book, City Life. I know that he enjoys my writing, so it was a fairly safe bet that he would agree. His words reminded me why I started writing about life responding to other people’s emergencies. Thank you, Greg, I […]

Top 10 reasons to write a Fire/EMS book

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10. If you are like me, by the time you finish you will probably have learned how to write one 9.  It looks cool on your bookshelf 8. They make thoughtful gifts when you forget to buy a gift 7.  People think you’re smart 6.  You can wear a smoking jacket and drink brandy from […]

On Second Thought…

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Thirty minutes on scene for EMS crews doing resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim seemed preposterous to me so I wrote a small post declaring the new rule “nuts.” I forgot that the EMS system where I worked (Providence Fire Department) for 25 years is actually what is “nuts.” Thanks to BH (even though he […]

30 minutes on scene

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Ihttp://cranstononline.com/stories/30-minute-cpr-protocol-raises-issues,120717 RI Department of Health enforces 30 minute on scene resuscitation. Considering Providence transports average under five minutes, and the public we serve are not the kindest bunch, and heavily armed to boot, I think I would have to break the rules. Defibrillate, CPR, IV and roll, more or less, run the rest of the […]

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