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Top 10 reasons people should act like firefighters

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 07:25

10. When one of them acts like a fool, the rest put a stop to it right quick.

9.They don’t care what color, race, gender, shape or whatever; if you can do the job; you are one of them.

8. If you are unable to do the job, and are in need of assistance they are willing and able to do it for you, every time, without question.

7. They can cook, or they can eat. Some of them can actually do both.

6. Firefighters do housework. Every day. All of them. Together.

5. They know exactly where they are going and how to get there when the bell tips. Every time.

4. They don’t fall apart when they are needed the most.

3. They run toward trouble, not away from it.

2. They fight like family, love like family and treat each other like family.

1. There is no job too difficult, no obstacle too hard to overcome, no living creature unworthy of their best and no excuse for not doing their damndest, every time.

Firefighters when among other firefighters are free to speak their mind, say ridiculous things, be biased, be politically incorrect, get angry, fight, argue, break for lunch; save a life, polish some brass and argue some more. Then get on the truck, work like mad, do nearly impossibe things, trust the person they were fighting with their life, risk their own life to protect each other, put it all back together and finish the shift, only to do it again tomorrow.

Courtesy of Eric Norberg

By Michael Morse

Image by Eric Norberg

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Top 10 not-so-altruistic ways to improve EMS with a billion dollars

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 04:45
The Ambulance Driver imagines a glorious future, funded by his Mega Millions winnings, as our EMS dear and fearless leader
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What if EMS won a $1 billion lottery jackpot?

Syndicated Columnists - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 00:39
Big dreams to improve EMS with a windfall of funding for safety, health and wellness, research and leadership development
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Hurricane deployment is not Beach Week for Ambulance Strike Teams

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:36
Operating in the public eye under conditions that may require evacuation or assisting colleagues at a moment’s notice means responders must be ready 24/7
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Engaged supervisors set the tone for employee retention

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 22:51
Using LEAD principles, EMS leaders can encourage employee retention at their organizations
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Making your EAP work for your employees

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 22:34
Dr. Sara Gilman discusses the importance of an Employee Assistance Program that is tailored to the needs of first responders and their unique experience serving the public
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Our Story

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:19

I spoke for over an hour, about twenty people gathered around some tables that were pushed together in the middle of the small function room at St. David’s on the Hill listened. They had invited me to speak at their 2018 author event, so I told them how I learned how to put words suitable for publication together, and what to expect when the fruit of my labor was complete.

Rejection.

Worse than that, a whole lot of nothing. Dozens of query letters, painfully written and sent off to agents and publishers with the prerequisite SASE for a quick reply. 

Ten years later, I’m still waiting for most of them to return.

I told them about the one publisher, and one editor who found value in my work and gave me a chance, thus beginning my second career.

They listened politely, I think they expected to hear about the struggles most writers endure. But what truly captured them were the stories that make up most of my work. The stories of people in need of other people trained and willing to do what it takes to help.

What I found most gratifying was the people who came to listen’s appreciation of the humanity I write about concerning us; the ones in the fire stations, patrol cars, ambulances, emergency rooms and on scene at every crisis, everywhere.

I was asked if it is like TV, where we do our job without emotion, more concerned with our love life than the kid who just died in a fire. I told them the truth. I let them in on our best kept secret; the absolute and devestating grief we experience when we lose the battle, and one of the people we are sworn to protect slips away. I let them know that death is as solemn to us as it is to friends and family, and the lives lost on our watch matter. I told them how we soldier on, sometimes minutes between tragedies, and put our loss away for another day. Then I told them about “another day;” that abstract time down the road when the smoke has cleared, the sirens have gone silent and the memories come back.

I ended on a positive note, for ours is not a life of doom and gloom, and I thought it important they know that. There is life after our service is through, life made more meaningful because of what we did while we were doing it.

One of the people in the audience wrote this after our talk, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to tell our story to folks who want to hear it.

Among the clans of prehistoric humankind, the keepers of oral history were held in high regard. Around the night fires, their voices told the true, the remembered and the myths to spellbound audiences. They are with us to this day in the form of gifted authors who can bring us into places we would never go and events far from our everyday lives. Michael Morse is one of that tradition.” Fredrick Michaelson

Image by Eric Norberg 

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How cardiovascular check-ups save firefighter lives

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:05
Decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and line-of-duty death with these steps to stay firefighter ready to protect your community
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Increasing sensitivity to EMS PTSD

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:43
Educating friends about EMS PTSD can prevent innocent questions that can undo years of mental health work and progress
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Singing to pass the time

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:27
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My 'why': How the first responder community helped me heal

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 22:04
After losing her sister six years ago, EMS1, FireRescue1 Associate Editor Sarah Calams explains how she was able to heal by working closely with the first responder community
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9 issues stroke systems of care must address to improve outcomes

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:38
EMS triage and destination, emergency department, transfer and stroke team protocols are essential to rapid definitive treatment for ischemic stroke
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Why all EMS providers should be pre-planning hospital evacuations

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:02
Pre-plan, build an equipment stock and consider future ambulance and specialty vehicle design to serve as an evacuation function in your community
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Other people’s emergencies

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 09:35

Waiting is the worst part, listening for the sirens in the distance, listening to her soft sobs in the bedroom, knowing she doesn’t want me to know how much it hurts.

The engine company first, Warwick, RI Fire Department Engine Co. 6 from West Shore Road, great guys, polite, serious and efficient. Even in their borrowed yellow truck from Cranston they manage to look good. I tell them what I can, she has MS, hard to walk most days, impossible today, sudden onset abdominal pain, right side, 10 out of 10.

She jokes through clenched teeth, “the house is a mess,” though it is gleaming, and the guys tell her so. The ambulance arrives, guys half my age, looking just as worn out as I did.

A quick but thorough assessment and she’s in their chair and gone, into the rescue, ekg, IV and all of that. I let them take her, knowing she is in good hands.

The house is still, deathly quiet as I gather her things. I’m overwhelmed with lonliness as I get an unexpected glimpse of life without her, and her presence in my life is the only thing I can think of, the only thing that matters.

Stuff in a bag hastily thrown together will have to do, little did I know it would be three days before we get home. Kidney problems. Waiting for follow up. Tests inconclusive. Pain intense.

Life is funny; we just can’t see how fragile it is, until it punches us in the face.

Waiting now, no sirens, but the painful sobs keep coming. And I thought responding to other people’s emergencies was hard.

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Examining the most important and current EMS trends

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 02:36
Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 columnist and co-founder Kris Kaull to discuss his "30 things in 30 minutes" conference presentation
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Standbys with benefits

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:09
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EMS From a Distance: Forget me not

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 22:18
What skills and practices should be routine for EMS providers in the field?
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