Michael Morse, EMT-C, is captain of Rescue 5 in Providence, RI, and has served on the city's busiest engine, ladder and rescue squads as a firefighter, rescue technician and lieutenant during his 21-year career. He is the author of the books
Rescuing Providence and Responding.
Seeing the result of a person’s decision to take their own life prompted me to do anything and everything I could to learn how to be of help
Perhaps the only moments of serenity he ever knew were while in the womb
Her home has become a prison, her body making escape impossible without help.
Even at home, the draw of the job is never far from our hearts.
Every patient has a story that will impact you as a provider—you just need to take the time to listen.
Your role in patients’ lives may not be large, but it can be important
To do my job, I needed to give up control of all the little things that need doing and let the big picture come into focus.
If you have one at your job—or anywhere—count yourself lucky
Deaths can overwhelm new providers.
This is what a trauma room is for: the kid who has no feeling in the lower half of her body after smashing into a jackknifed tractor-trailer and being crushed in half.
What is essential in EMS can be invisible to the untrained eye
The value of those who know our patients best
Listening is easy, when you take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth, an "old-timer" once told me.
Calling the cops shows our kids that we cannot handle our own affairs, and if we can’t even do that, how in the world can we take care of them?
On this call, the ability to separate emotions from the job that needed doing was destroyed.
Seeing patients for whom they are, not whom I want them to be, forces me to be kind and compassionate.
It's the people in a healthcare system who make—or break—it
In an addict's dingy basement, the potential of a provider is born
Making sense of the good—and bad—situations EMS providers face every day.
You receive the call, you respond, you arrive, you reassess
Sometimes all we can do for our patients is make them feel better during transport
A very special emergency services Christmas story.