Action matters

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I watched them come and go for decades; politicians, all dressed up nice, practiced smiles ready to flash, a pocket full of promises they had no intention of keeping unless it benefited them. They court the fire service, desperate for our approval, knowing full well that the public they so desperately seek approval from approves […]

They don’t. They die.

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I used to wonder how they managed to do it. Living on the streets of Providence, hot summer days, freezing cold nights in winter, nothing more than a few layers of donated coats and maybe a blanket to keep them warm, bottle of cheap vodka giving the illusion of comfort. They have forgotten any dreams […]

Active shooter vs. Sick elderly lady

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Active shooter Heroin overdose Armed firefighters Mass Casulty SWAT Medics These topics dominate EMS discussion on social media and EMS publications. Everybody wants to be something they ain’t. EMS is 99.9% taking care of sick, nice people. If you are looking for danger and excitement look somewere else, it is seldom here. The crashes and […]

Officers Down

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Two police officers were assasinated in Iowa last night, right in America’s heartland. There can be no middle ground, no conciliatory words, no acceptance; murdering police officers while they sit in their patrol cars is an action that needs to be condemned by every one of us, no buts, no protests, no rationalizations.     […]

The door

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…”Rescue 1 to Fire Alarm, start the police to this address.” “Roger Rescue 1, nature?” “Possible suicide.” I pushed the middle door. It gave a little but would not open. So I pushed a little harder. “Here he is.” It was now a crime scene, but I needed to confirm that the man was gone. […]

I’m doomed

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True story, strange day. Happy Halloween! It’s noon, and hour 19 of a 38-hour day. My partner Adam and I are riding back to the station after responding to 16 calls so far – and we’re both a little jumpy. “The sun is hurting my eyes.” “That’s because you lost your sunglasses.” “I think something […]

Chapter 23, Rescue 1 Responding

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GoLocalProv continues with Rescue 1, Responding, publishing Chapter 23 today… The book is available at local bookstores and can be found HERE. Note from the Author This chapter brings Rescue Co. 1 and Engine Co. 13 to the home of a person suffering from a diabetic emergency. This is the meat and potatoes of EMS. Diabetics, […]

How do you heal?

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His hand went wrist deep into a vat of hot- 350 degree hot- tar. He pulled it out, looked at it and had his son call 911. We were enroute to a combative, emotional, suicidal female at the time, and were driving right past the man with the tarred hand. The emotional combative female could […]

Links of survival

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Life changes in an instant. For first responders, a tone or radio transmission is the beginning, then action, then reflection, and usually satisfaction, regardless of the outcome. We know that whatever happened on the other end of the tones happened before we were aware, and would have happened with or without us. We do our […]

Competition vs. Achievement

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Who’s better? Me? You? I’m better, they’re better, you’re better, the better man wins! Better yet, let’s make everybody better. I’ve never been a competitive person. I like to win, and like it when my favorite teams win, but I really don’t get too unraveled when I or they don’t. I do have to admit, […]

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