When to Say When

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By Michael Morse There comes a time when a firefighter knows it’s time to say when. Usually, we know it long before we actually retire. Climbing icy ladders, hauling charged lies up burned-out stairways, looking for pulses on mangled bodies, and showing up again and again wears a person down. The thrill of the job—and […]

The Only Reason

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Make no mistake; we do what we do because we love it. We can carry on all day long about the hardship, the stress, the risk and the misery, but at the end of the day, when the ambulance is clean, the hosebed packed, the station ready for the next shift, the portable radio passed […]

Delivery

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By Michael Morse They are the best of calls, they are the worst of calls… Just about every firefighter I know would rather enter a fully involved, occupied fertilizer factory without a charged line than deliver a baby. Until, that is, they deliver one. Field deliveries are a bit unnerving, but they can be one […]

Suicide. I hate talking about it. So I talk about it.

I was asked to talk about firefighter suicides for a local news story, my friend Bob Farrell was involved so I knew the subject would be addressed respectfully.  Difficult subject, I hope we helped.   https://turnto10.com/i-team/nbc-10-i-team-exclusive-first-responder-suicides

14 Things Nobody Told Me About Fire Based EMS

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  EMS was something that I had to learn if I wanted to be a firefighter. I didn’t embrace it. I went through the motions, memorized rather than learned, and barely passed the exams that were needed to obtain my certification. I took the EMT Basic class with about seventy like-minded individuals, all of us […]

Somehow, we thrive

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I wrote this shortly after peeling one of our regular Street People off of Broad Street and finding a little flower crushed beneath him… Green tendrils of life push through the cracks in the cement, and reach for the sky, oblivious of the litter and broken glass surrounding it. Somehow it thrives, and avoids being […]

They didn’t leave, and I haven’t forgotten. And I never will.

Eighteen years ago, we watched a tower full of firefighters and the people they were sent to rescue collapse. Then another. I knew they would never leave those towers, and I knew I would never forget. They didn’t leave, and I haven’t forgotten. And I never will.

Ten Reasons I Haven’t Killed Myself

Ten reasons I haven’t killed myself . . . 10. I realized depression is real 9. I stopped caring about what other people thought about grown men with depression 8. I realized firefighters are just people who do firefighter things for a living, we are not superpeople, we’re just people 7. I found somebody to […]

Another Firefighter Suicide.

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  Another Rhode Island Firefighter ended his life this morning. That makes six this year in the smallest state in the union. Six. Existing in isolation in a station full of people is painful reality for some of us, and the last thing we will do is let anybody know. Could any of these tragedies […]

Brotherly Love

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Brotherly Love
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