Archive for November2019

Worcester LODD

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Jason Menard, WFD. He was thirty-nine. Died this morning fighting a fire in Worcester, Massachusetts. Left his wife, kids and parents. Saved his crew. Their wives, kids and parents will grieve, and mourn the loss of their husband’s officer, and console the men who got out, and will do their best to honor the memory […]

Veteran Firefighters

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There were some tough guys back then, back in ’91 when I was a new guy and didn’t say much. Guys in their mid forties, guys who also didn’t say much but for far different reasons, guys who got on the fire department before it was a sought after position were the heart and soul […]

BLS gets no respect

This morning’s column in The Providence Journal recalls a run of the mill BLS call that I responded to with firefighters from Engine Co. 14. (see yesterday’s post) BLS is anything but run of the mill. 80% of the calls I responded to were for people using EMS because they could, it’s the 20% that […]

Keeping the Fire in EMS

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“The time is upon us—the dedicated firefighter—be it volunteer, call, or union to advocate for the fire side of our profession while maintaining our EMS proficiency.” https://www.fireengineering.com/2019/10/31/480509/engine-company-ems-keeping-the-fire-in-ems-response/