This one’s for you, Doug. RIP Brother

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Doug taught me how to play Norwegian Wood on this guitar. Back in the day, when I was Lieutenant of Rescue 1, Doug was assigned to Engine Co. 13, both quartered at the Allen’s Avene fire station. It was my station guitar, I’ve had it since eight grade, bought it for fifty bucks from my […]

Abundance of Caution

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Lonely people don’t reach out. They don’t call the volunteer hotline. They don’t connect with Skype. If they were comfortable doing those things, they wouldn’t be lonely. What they do is get lonlier, and sink further into despair. These folks are not embracing their lives, or enjoying their existance. They survive. For many, their weekly […]

Time to Shine

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If ever there were an opportunity to show the world exactly what EMS is, this is it. Now is not the time to create controversy. Now is not the time to complain. Now is not the time to demand respect. Now is not the time to degrade the fire service. Now is not the time […]

Kenneth “Hoppy” Hoskin; “the inventor of salty.”

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“It is with heavy hearts that the members of West Warwick Firefighters Local 1104 announce the Active Duty death of Fire Alarm Dispatcher Kenneth “Hoppy” Hoskin. Hoppy served as a dispatcher for Local 1104 since 2007 after his retirement from the Providence Fire Department. Please keep his family , friends ,and the members of local […]

Doing the Job From the Sidelines

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“Chances are many of us have worked feeling worse than how some people who are infected with COVID-19 feel.  That is the challenge, and it is up to every one of us to figure out how best to overcome it.” My latest Engine Co. EMS column at Fire Engineering talks about doing the job, even […]

We are our best advocates

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“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” ― Konstantin Josef Jireček I think that guy was a firefighter. In a perfect world, engine company EMS would mean that […]

Top 10 Reasons to Work on Christmas

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Working on Christmas Christmas Day has managed to be the one day of the year when the world shuts down; tranquility reigns and people allow themselves the luxury of some well earned down time. In my lifetime I have seen other holidays crumble as the fast paced world we have created overtakes our need for […]

The Men in the Red Suits

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One of my favorite Christmas Time traditions is the Advent Ghost Story collections. The rules are, 100 words, no more, no less. And the creepier the better! This is my contribution for 2019, so pour yourself a cups, grab some gruel, lock up the kids and settle in for some spellbinding stories . . . […]

A Providence Christmas Carol

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Stave I   Michaelmorser Scrooge returned to quarters, the fog heavy in the Providence air, horns from the bay warning the ships that still worked this Christmas Eve to steer clear of the rocky outcroppings. He climbed the stairs at the old firehouse, reluctantly entering the dayroom where the members of Engine 13 sat gathered […]

It’s okay to get paid

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I was not a selfless firefighter, nor did I ever pretend to be. Without decent pay and great benefits I would have been forced to take my ability and passion for helping people elsewhere. I may have volunteered if my community needed me, but the city in which I reside has a great fire department […]

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