Tired of it all…

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…Firefighters? Yeah, we’re firefighters. And a whole lot more. I guess diggers, confined space rescuers, CPR on dead baby performers, body part recoverers, hanging brother cutter-downers and the million and one other things we do when nobody else knows what to do doesn’t fit on our helmet shields. Why am I writing this now? Maybe […]

Understanding addiction and narcan

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Responding to “another” overdose need not be just another run. There are lives to be saved, and who better than us to save them.   “. . . Far too often, we forget how fortunate we are to be on the receiving end of 911 call. When the people we are sworn to protect seem […]

97 Hours a week-every week

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97 hours

Code 3 Podcast

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The Code 3 Podcast is about firefighters and for firefighters. I talked with Scott Orr for a while about what it is like, and how we protect the public from the reality of what we do. http://code3podcast.com/2018/05/what-people-dont-know-about-firefighters-with-michael-morse/

Staying Sharp!

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By Michael Morse Keeping up on emergency medical services (EMS) skills is a great idea for all firefighters, not just those assigned to EMS units. Treating and transporting civilians with trauma and medical emergencies is part of the daily ritual. The nature of the work we do is another reason to have top-notch medics on […]

The dead of night

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  In the dead of night things happen, people get hurt, people die, people learn of their loss, people begin grieving, start healing, clean up and wait for the sun to rise to join the rest of the world that slept peacefully, and starts their day like any other. House fire, reports of a man […]

Like no other

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Image by Eric NorbergHands ache for days, wet hair smells like smoke for a week, snot is black for while and every time you close your eyes you are back in the fight. The best gear in the world cannot keep all of the smoke out of the hearts and mind of a firefighter, it’s […]

Marrying a medic?

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Things you need to know when you marry a medic:   Your spouse will change. Then change again. Just when you think you know who you are married to, once again they change. And sometimes the person they become is not the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. But don’t […]

Life to be lived

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My wife had been feeling strange for a year, didn’t know what to make of it, saw doctors, had tests and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis  I had just started my career with The Providence Fire Department and was half way through the 42nd training academy when I got the news. They let me leave […]

The elephant in the emergency room

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It is difficult for me to expose what most of know, as reluctant as we may be to admit it, as truth. EMS is held together not by highly trained professionals willing, trained and eager to respond to medical emergencies , but rather by billing, revenue and opportunity to increase wealth. Those of us who […]

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