Tip of the Helmet, from Happy Medic

http://thehappymedic.com/2011/06/a-tip-of-the-helmet-literally/ This story has gone from bad, when I learned two San Francisco firefighters were injured, to worse, when I heard they were critical, to devestating when I found out that hey both died in the line of duty, to bearable as the days passed, to tolerable when I watched some footage of the funeral […]

Gangs all Here

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One kid is stabbed, another one bleeding from a knife wound, somebody took four bullets to the abdomen a few hours ago, the lightening has started and golf ball sized hail is falling from the sky. The kid who got stabbed is in the rescue, the other one bleeding all over the sidewalk. The police […]

All the World’s a Stage…

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Scene 1 (Apparatus floor, Fire station. Dim lights illuminate a fire engine and an ambulance. All quiet, two brass poles are illuminated by off stage lighting. Quiet…quiet…quiet…A loud tone blares, the auditorium suddenly  illuminated with blinding light, two figures descend from above, sliding the brass poles, then two more, then two more. They scramble for […]

Twenty (again)

I posted this essay on Rescuing Providence in February, it was in yesterday's Providence Journal. I had considered not submitting it, it's kind of personal, then I thought of all the people I work with who would never even consider telling somebody else they were hurting, or need a break, or have had enough and […]

Miracle?

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Update on City of Providence's Response to Severe Storm <!– in Taveras News –> Thursday, June 9, 2011 Citizens also reminded to take safety measures during today’s extreme heat.   City officials are reporting significant damage to areas in Providence affected by thunderstorms and high velocity winds early Thursday morning. Mayor Angel Taveras had the […]

Hydrants

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  From the Mojo   Top Ten Reasons why not to Open a Fire Hydrant to Cool Off   10. Sometimes  sharks fly out of the 3 1/2 inch port.   9. Kids get stuck with fish hooks when Cambodian families cast their lines into the pool   8. Hot rods create Tsunami's when the […]

Emergency?

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http://newsblog.projo.com/2011/06/powerful-storm-hits-rhode-isla.html Severe thunderstorms pummeled Providence last night, toppling trees, downing power lines, toppling chimneys, flooding streets and knocking down everything in their path. Roads were impassable, wires arced and created extreme life hazards throughout the city. Every piece of apparatus from the Providence fire Department was on the road doing damage assessment, setting up safety […]

Jaded

Have I become jaded, or had the world gone mad? At 1330 hours the fire department, an engine and a ladder company, no rescue because not only were all six of Providence's ALS units were busy with BLS calls, and six mutual aid units were picking up the rest, a hospital building had an elevator […]

An Asthma Attackme

"I had an Asthma attack me!" So says David, an adorable eight year old  who found his way into the rescue when the school nurse called us because he had a pain in his side after gym class.

Is Not

She got real close, and with the air of authority thirty years of life and a few of Med School bestowed upon her demanded her patient be taken where she, the physician demanded. I stepped out of the elevator, asked my partner to continue toward the ER, which was one-hundred yards away, in the same […]

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