1800 hrs.

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Night shift started at 1800 hrs. but most of us came in an hour early. The ones who didn’t came in even earlier. Didn’t want to miss anything. After turning in the pack, relieving your man and telling your officer, “I’m with you,” we would gather in the day room and talk. It never took […]

Remembering Who You Were

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By the time you are finished with your career in the fire service, everything about you will have changed. You will be old. You will be experienced. You will be confident, patient, and wise. Or, you will be old, disillusioned, angry, and bitter. The people with whom you started your career won’t be the same, […]

Agreeing to beat Covid 19

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Published in The Providence Journal, May 12, 2020 Covid19 has made an impact of all of our lives. It is a virus, does not choose sides, does not care about our politics, thoughts or opinions and has one purpose – to survive. It does not possess malicious intent, it simply is. It does not think. […]

“What I’ve become.”

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“All the people I once looked up to are gone, my friends at the hospital have moved on, the new people don’t know who I used to be. They just see what I’ve become.”   I was fortunate, I had the ability to find the positive in a sea of misery for most of my […]

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 […]

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