Archive for January2016

For Immediate Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Morse mmorsepfd@aol.com Post Hill Press has acquired the rights to Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding. The books are being released an all new bind-up which includes both titles, and will be distributed by Simon and Schuster, available at all major retailers and Bookstores on January 26, 2016. Rescuing Providence […]

Oh Well

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http://www.firerescue1.com/health/articles/52431018-Grieving-is-different-for-first-responders-and-alcoholics/ When something makes me uncomfortable I figure I’m either doing something wrong,  or something important. Exposing my demons through my writing definitely makes me uncomfortable, but if by doing so I can help another person who might be struggling,  how wrong can that be? Anyway, here’s  my most recent foray into something  uncomfortable. 

I know that I killed him.

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VinothChandar, via flickr.com I know that I killed him. For years I’ve made excuses, avoided thinking about it, rationalized and lied to myself, but I’m as certain that I killed him as I am that the sun will rise tomorrow. For me anyway. He was an addict, and not a very nice one. More often […]

We Got This at EMS Today

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  I love blue t-shirts, so much so that my wife has threatened to burn them all to force me to be more colorful. This one is something  I would wear so often it would most definitely be bait for the fire pit – if she could get it off of me. On second thought, […]

Yup, I’m a Ding

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Yup, I’m  a ding, have been since I saw my first episode of Firehouse on TV. When Emergency!  came on it was all over. Proud and grateful to have had the opportunity  to Don the gear and live the dream for over two decades! My column at Fire Engineering tells a little more…   http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/fire_life/articles/2016/01/the-buffs-across-the-street.html

Medic, Paramedic or EMT

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I always felt a little uncomfortable using the word “medic” in my articles, blog and Facebook posts. I am not a Paramedic, and never tried to pass myself off as one. I’m trained to run a full code, administer cardiac meds, intubate and most of the things Paramedics do, but in Rhode Island it is […]

Strategies for Helping a Suicidal Person

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Sunday, 1230 hrs, dispatched to a home on Wickenden Street for an emotional female. Arrive on scene to find female crying on 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 hanging dead from the ceiling joist. […]

Dreams shattered or Fulfilled

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Having the opportunity to treat and transport the sick and injured is a gift, not a burden. Some days the runs seem endless, the people obnoxious and ungrateful and the system completely absurd. Other days, a seemingly benign call has the power to remind you just how fortunate you are. It is an awful place, […]

New Life for Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding

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Knowing that though my physical presence is no longer there, my thoughts and experience during my time on the streets lives on through the words in the books Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1, Responding is one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever had. I will always be a part of the fire service, […]

Pitching in

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An Emergency Room Parking lot is the last place in the world I would want to have a medical emergency. It is the no-man’s land of emergency medical care. Death Vally is kinder to people dying than the cruel pavement of the hospital parking lot. The patient’s aren’t officially hospital patients until they cross the […]

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