Author Archives: Michael Morse

The 51st

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Congratulations to the newest members of The Providence Fire Department! The graduates: “Every person who raises their right hand and takes the oath of office is from that day forward until the day they die a firefighter. While never forgetting who we were before, we know that we will never be the same. It is […]

Taking it with you

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  She sat across the room, ten, maybe 15 feet away. I don’t think that 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 […]

Talking with the public is always a surprise

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I was explaining the intricate choreography needed to effectively fight a building fire to a small crowd of people who came to my talk at the library Tuesday night, I was focused on the PowerPoint presentation on the screen, thought I was losing the crowd with my over explaining things, was stunned to see the […]

Talking about Tradition, the Past and the Future

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Bagpipes, the dress blues, stories of friendship, of sacrifice, of bravery, camaraderie and accomplishment; these are the things that drew me to the fire service. The bucket brigade, Jakes and Pikemen, then Laddermen and Hose Jockeys, horses in the barn pulling the steamers, dalmatians, bells and whistles, airhorns, sirens, flashing lights and everything that ties […]

Police doing their job on Rt. 95 in Providence

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The Rhode Island State Police and Providence police were forced to put an end to a volatile situation on a highway bridge yesterday. The driver of a vehicle that led the police on a high speed chase refused to exit his vehicle, the doors were locked and windows darkly  tinted. He attempted to barge his […]

Thoughts and prayers are not political

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Michael Morse It was a ritual that I developed while moving on from tragedy in other people’s lives: I would find a quiet spot, close my eyes, clear everything out except the people whom I had just met–living or dead, and acknowledge their presence in the world and in my life. I didn’t have a […]

Books by Michael Morse, PFD (ret.)

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If ever you wondered what it is like to be a first responder these are books written by one giving the reader a front seat view of that world. If you are a first responder and would like others to know a little about what you do when you are at work these books tell […]

Birthday party (under the tracks)

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Excerpt from my new collection; Rescue 911… https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-911-Tales-First-Responder/dp/1682612864 Under a highway, next to some railroad tracks they made their camp. It was her birthday; she turned thirty-three today. He bought her a cake and a tube of frosting so she could write her name on top. Nobody had ever bought her a cake he told […]

The EMS Shuffle

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We have all seen it, and most of us have done what I snarkly refer to as The EMS Shuffle. Not only do we do it, we defend the practice as if it were our exclusive right as first responders to stroll toward an emergency,  or perceived emergency at our own pace, even if that […]

Directing Traffic at Fire Engineering

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        My new Engine Co EMS column at Fire Engineering talks about directing traffic;   …There is no half-hearted way to direct traffic. If you make the decision to get involved, it is imperative that you are all in for the job at hand. People will not respond to a disinterested person […]

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