Addiction

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This blog is all about Rescuing Providence,  or more accurately rescuing the people who live, work and play here. But it is also my place. I come here when I need to sort things out, write a little and think a lot. I’m glad I had the opportunity  to do what I did for as […]

“You fellas do a heck of a job”

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The fire started in the kitchen, he told me, his mother and aunt had been drinking, and forgot about the pan of oil on the stovetop. It ignited, then before they could put it out the stove caught fire. It was an oil stove, he said, before they had natural gas. He was in the […]

Combative Patients

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Engine company members need to understand that an attack on them by a combative patient is not personal. The patient likely is seeing threats in the form of shapes and sounds and is reacting on an instinctual level. Treating the situation as a problem to be solved rather than a fight to win helps reduce […]

Life is just a Fantasy

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An old friend, Dr. Francis Sullivan, one of the finest ER Doctors anywhere stopped by my house yesterday, we got to gabbing about the old days, the new 30 minute on scene CPR protocol in RI and our kids. When we talked about what I missed most about my time in charge of an ALS […]

Pressure

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Just to prove I’m an idiot I decided to obsess about my blood pressure. First, I checked it in the rescue in the middle of a twenty-four hour shift. 148/90. Then, I did it at the hospital. 144/92. Then I did it again, and again and again, switching from the rescue to the hospital, always […]

Excessive Overtime

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Sometimes firefighters are in the news because they made a lot of money. If people only knew the toll it takes. From my new article at Fire Engineering.   . . .A person needs to set boundaries and adhere to them. I didn’t. We are our own worst enemy, thinking we are invincible yet proving […]

Forcing Entry is ALWAYS risky!

Forcing entry is ALWAYS risky. A veteran fired his weapon at firefighters during forcible entry in Ohio recently. . . From Fire Engineering, January, 2017 By Michael Morse In my column, “To Force or Not to Force Entry,” I discussed the decision-making process involved when responding to a well-being check. You never know who will […]

In it together

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Feeling powerless and out of control, the world and everybody in it having their way, days followed by nights, then days and nights and days again. So many people; all of them lost in their own thoughts and dreams, trying to get by, trying to get ahead, trying  to make a name for themselves, and […]

Words off the Street Podcast

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  “My name is BJ Schneider and I’ll be your host of the Podcast. I’ve been in public service for over 25 years as both a paramedic and a police officer. I took what I learned in those careers and began writing. Along with my occasional co-host Sam Bradley and regular support from fellow podcaster […]

Tradition

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I spent the first decade of my 25 year career with the Providence Fire Department assigned to engine and ladder companies. The department was flush then, the coveted spots in the “busy” companies filled with senior firefighters and people who knew people. I didn’t know anybody that could get me a prime spot, so I […]

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