The Dangers of Firefighting

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Uniform Stories used words from one of my articles and created this short film. https://www.firerescue1.com/health/articles/134918018-The-ugly-truth-about-firefighting-the-public-doesnt-understand/   Seeing what somebody else envisioned when reading my words is surreal. Here’s what I wrote that got the project underway: Much thanks to Rebecca at Uniform Stories.   We know what we see is real. We know how it […]

A little respect

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She spends hours at the gym, had her nails done, a pedicure, her hair is perfect and she spent a few hours getting ready for a fun night out dancing in Providence with her friends. She is beautiful, and looks fantastic, and people notice, and she doesn’t mind, as long as they are not creepy […]

“Ralph Waldo Emerson wold have been a fine medic” – Michael Morse

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“To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “Engine 10 to Rescue 1, eighty year old female, respiratory distress, possible CHF.” “Rescue 1, received.” We turned the corner onto a narrow dead end street. The door of the last house on the left was […]

Rescuing Providence, by Michael Morse

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This is the home of Rescuing Providence, written by Michael Morse. Michael is a retired Captain with the Providence, RI Fire Department. He started his career in 1991 and retired in 2016. After graduating from the 42nd training academy he was temporarily assigned to Special Hazards 1, then moved to Ladder Co. 7, Engine Co. […]

Horror (bringing bedbugs home)

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Call to 911 for flu-like symptoms? .25 cents Rapid response by rescue 5? $300.00 Expert EMS treatment and transport? $425.00 The look on the EMT’s face when he sees a bedbug in the middle of the stretcher after transporting? Priceless. Returning to quarters with bedbugs and infesting the firehouse? Beyond priceless!   https://www.tipsbulletin.com/home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs/

Being There

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By Michael Morse When I see images from a disaster, Photo credit Eric Norberg terrorist attack, or mass shooting flash across my screen, my eyes are drawn to the rescuers, not the victims. I focus on the job at hand and the people doing it. I wonder what they are thinking, how they are managing, […]

I’m as free as a bird now…

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It’s not all heroic rescues, trauma codes, waving to kids and CPR, it’s so much more. It’s really all about people, and trying to do what is right, or at the very least, what you hope is right. . . Nothing on the floor but dirt, roaches and him. The carpet was stained beyond repair; […]

Firehouse Cooking, hot and a lot!

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By Michael Morse One of the greatest things in the day of a firefighter is mealtime. We love to eat and put a heck of a lot of thought into what ends up on our plates. It‘s a long-standing tradition — firefighters gathered around the table in the day room, breaking bread and making fun of […]

Carrying them with us

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A little of me dies every time I hear of a firefighter line of duty death. It actually hurts. The people who do not make it home are not strangers to me, even though we have never met. I know them. Firefighters are not all that different. There is a commonality that binds a crew […]

Firefighter/Medic

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  By Michael Morse If I told this story once, I have told it a million times. When I had no hope, nowhere to turn and no answers, I called 911. My father was in the final stages of brain cancer, my mother was at the end of her rope caring for him, and I […]

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