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Rescue 1 and Engine 13…Clockwork

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The Providence Fire Department has been plagued with a lack of official leadership and without a Chief of Department for years. Fortunately, leadership on the street level is in abundant supply. It was my pleasure to work alongside them.   By Michael Morse “Rescue 1 with Engine 13, respond to Broad and Connor Street, at […]

Practice makes perfect

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The Providence Fire Department has been plagued with a lack of official leadership and without a Chief of Department for years. Fortunately, leadership on the street level is in abundant supply. It was my pleasure to work alongside them. By Michael Morse “Rescue 1 with Engine 13, respond to Broad and Connor Street, at the […]

It’s Us

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“…And if not us, then who? Who will they call when the bullets are hitting their targets? When they are hunkered down, bleeding, dying. When sirens in the distance are the only thing they have to hold on to. When all is lost. Who will they call? They call us. First Responders. The Army isn’t […]

Fire Life, We Happy Few

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“We few. We happy few.” …Not many people get the opportunity to respond to other people’s emergencies and, by doing so, participate in the age-old struggle of good vs. evil. By taking every opportunity that presents itself to stem the tide of discontent; disillusionment; and good old-fashioned beatings, robberies, fires, accidents, and disease, we do […]

Providence Firefighters stepping up

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It’s not all about the fires that burn. Providence Firefighters making a stand, well done people!   “Modeled on a program developed in Manchester, N.H., Safe Stations makes Providence fire stations places anyone can go without fear of legal trouble to be connected with Providence Center counselors or other treatment 24 hours a day, seven […]

Everybody else’s lights

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Its a lonely time for the cops, firefighters, dispatchers and medics. Our homes and families are miles away, the Christmas lights we spent our days off perfecting shining for everybody but us. The people behind the lights are the reason we find ourselves out in the cold, patroling the streets, answering the bell and keeping […]

Looking for the fire

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I heard sirens last night, off in the distance, not close enough to cause and concern, until they got closer, and closer, and closer… I actually got dressed, left my cozy little home and went searching. Never found the source of all the racket, but I guess I have officially become a Fire Buff. I […]

Change is not so good

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EMS has changed a lot since I started picking drunk people, overdoses and shooting victims off the streets, doing CPR at 50 MPH, IV’s at sixty, pushing the same five drugs hundreds of times, skipping backboard because they were stupid and saving lives while we were being reckless. Not sure if things are better or […]

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 […]

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