Author Archives: Michael Morse

Going in

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Stretching the line, masking up and going in; everything else melts away, nothing matters but the job burning in front of you; no doubt, no fear no worries. Knowing that the people beside you, above you and behind you would die with you rather than let you go alone is how we do it, day […]

Rescue 911

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We’re driving down Angel Street at three o’clock in the afternoon, perfect late summer day, nice iced coffee in the cup holder, pretty girls in summer dresses everywhere and no runs coming our way. We approach The Rhode Island School of Design just as a bus is leaving, full of kids going home from a […]

13 Things that Drove Me Nuts

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  It took me a few months to figure out that the EMS system was not even close to what I thought it would be. Mass casualty incidents, beheadings, eviscerations and delivering babies in a speeding vehicle sometimes take a backseat to the daily minutia. Here are some of the things that drove me nuts: 1. PARENTS WHO […]

Life and Death on Rescue 1

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Thirteen hours into a thirty-eight hour shift I’m not sure if my day has begun or my night has ended It’s 0610 hrs, the sun a few minutes away Waiting to take the darkness In a forth floor apartment contractions start Five children, all under five years old wake to screams Another is about to […]

Starry, starry night…

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In the dead of night, when it was only us… I would sit for a moment, on top of the world, next to a hole in the roof of a triple decker in Providence. With my friends below me, in the middle of the fight, made a little more bearable because I did my job. […]

The Cabbage Patch

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Michael Morse “Engine 3 to Rescue 1, code 99.” “Rescue 1, received.” Three years old. Pedi code. Two minutes out. Racking my brain, dosages, kilos to pounds, airway, rhythms, joules, access … The baby lived on the third floor of a pediatric nursing home. “The Cabbage Patch,” I’ve heard it referred to, and I myself […]

You’ve Changed

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I don’t know about you folks, but the phrase I fear most is; “you’ve changed.” Usually those words are followed by a lengthy relationship conversation that seldom ends well for yours truly. Funny thing is, I really have changed. It was up to me to make sure for the better. My recent column goes into […]

…A Little Fire

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0600 hrs.: All this to put out a little fire? Michael Morse 0415 Hrs; “Attention Engines 2, 7, 12, Ladders 7 and 4, Special Hazards, Rescue 3 and Battalion 3 a stillbox. “ Bright light floods the fire stations at Branch Avenue, North Main Street and Admiral Street. Firefighters immediately rise from their bunks and […]

Responding to Suicide

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“. . .Preplanning a suicide response is not something an engine company normally thinks about, but it can be remarkably effective prior to responding to one. Going into any scene unprepared is never a good idea.  Entering the scene of a recent suicidal event profoundly affects everyone. These are the calls that haunt the most […]

Providence firefighter fired for saying woman should stop eating fried chicken

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Contrary to the provocative title of this article a Providence Firefighter was not fired for saying a woman should stop eating fried chicken. That comment was simply the final straw. Firefighters are a noble bunch; our actions define us for the most part. Unfortunately what we say defines us for the rest. Had this been […]

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