To talk, or not to talk…

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The cable guy was finishing up after having spent a few hours in my house. It’s tough not to figure things out about a person when you are on the inside. When I spend a few minutes in a person’s home, I could write a book about them. I’d have to make a lot of […]

Working through it

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Whatever happened has already happened. Now its time to get to work. We had nothing to do with whatever it was, be it a mass shooting, a train de-railment, a carbon monoxide leak that leaves a family dead or any of the unimaginable things that do happen that precede our involvement. When sorting through the […]

“Take it all!”

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  “When there’s a lot, take a lot, when there’s a little, take it all!” – Michael Dillon, COD, Providence Fire Department (ret.) as quoted after “all hot” was announced at LaSalle Square, Special Hazards 1, January, 1992. My grandson Jaxon agrees.

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 […]

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