Firehouse Rules

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There needs to be rules in the firehouse or all is lost. Take for example my favorite concerning leftovers; “If it’s not labeled, it’s fair game, eat it all. If it’s labeled, only eat a little.” or my second favorite; “If there’s a lot, take a lot. If there’s a little, take it all.”   […]

What do you guys talk about all day?

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 We sometimes refer to the cab of whichever ambulance we find ourselves in as “The Cone of Silence.” What is said in the cab STAYS in the cab — unless it is ridiculous, profound or just too good to keep to ourselves! We’re working on a gunshot victim. He’s a young guy, smiling, likely an […]

Private Ceremonies

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The plan was to go to the beach and enjoy one of the last brilliant days of summer. Instead, we sat in front of the TV, shaking our heads when we could move them, calling friends and family and just feeling numb. An eerie silence smothered my neighborhood as the day progressed, the crystal clear […]

The moments that matter most

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The radio cracked to life. “Baxter Street Command to Rescue 1.” I keyed the mic. “Rescue 1, go ahead.” “I need a count.” “One adult, five children in Rescue 1, six adults and five more kids outside.” Those standing outside of the impromptu shelter shivered but managed to look cool doing it. They were teenagers […]

Permanent solution to a temporary problem

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 It’s Sunday, 1230 hours, and we’re dispatched to a home on Wickenden Street for an emotional female. We arrive on scene to find a female crying on the front stairs. She points to a door. It leads to a basement. At the bottom of the stairs, next to the washer and dryer, is a boy […]

Retired firefighter crushes the job hunt

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As a firefighter, there is nothing that we can’t do, no obstacle we will not overcome, and nothing we fear…except, maybe, what to do when it is time for us to re-join the workforce after “retirement.” When our time in uniform is through, we’ll put all of our experiences together, put on our finest civilian […]

EMS; It’s a Love/Hate thing

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The Top 10 Things I love AND Hate about EMS   Ask any medic about his job and you will hear how much they love it, shortly followed by how much they hate it. Depending on the day, or the hour, or even the minute you may hear how much they hate it before they […]

Bringing a stretcher to a gun fight

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Somebody needs to die. Will it be you? Will it be me? One of us needs to take one for the team. Any volunteers? Talk of medics hiding while people dying leads to one thing… Medics dying. So, who’s it gonna be, You, or me. http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A632121 Truth is, EMS couldn’t organise a barbeque. Pushing for […]

Life is Good, most of the time

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I had to write something for an introduction to Chapter 14 of my book, Rescue 1 Responding which is being featured at GoLocalProv.com. After reading the chapter that is in today’s edition, this came out; “While we are in the thick of things we respond, put people back together, or not and move on to […]

Epi-pen stock nosedives

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        I have Epipens specifically designed for investor shock, only one-million-dollars, going fast, get yours while they last!   http://usuncut.com/class-war/epipen-makers-stock-value-drops-3-billion-5-days-investors-panic/  

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