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Michael Morse, EMT-C

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.

"To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." —Ralph Waldo Emerson  "Engine 10 to Rescue 1, eighty year old female, respiratory distress,…
Outside her apartment, city life flourished. An intoxicated man stumbled across the street, and kids in gangs strolled the sidewalks slowly. Litter blew past, along with airborne grit that had been…
Here you are, week one of what you hope will be a rewarding career. The tests are over—or have they just begun? EMS can be a satisfying career. Advancement is more possible now than at any time…
The PA system hums for a moment, then the tones go off, followed by the dispatcher’s voice: “Rescue 2, a still alarm, Rescue 2.” We have a few moments to drop what we are doing,…
We are called to a house on Elmwood Avenue, a boarding house, not known for the upscale clientele. We trudge up the stairs to one of the rooms, heavily fortified and completely unsanitary to find a…
In a two-room apartment on the twelfth floor a man sits on the floor, smoking, popping pills and trying to figure out how he will get the money for booze not just for today, but tomorrow as well. The…
She pulled the safety pin out of her arm and handed it to me. Blood poured out of the hole, running from inside her elbow to her wrist. I handed her a few 4×4s. “Thank you,” I said…
It’s Sunday, 1230 hours, and we’re dispatched to a home on Wickenden Street for an emotional female. We arrive on scene to find a female crying on the front stairs. She points to a door.…
“Rescue 1, respond to Swann Street, possible shooting.” “Rescue 1, responding.” A car was stopped in front of the address at Swann, motor running, all four doors open,…
“Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to The Highrise for an emotional, suicidal female with a knife; stage for police.” The cops got there first. “She needs to get those legs looked…
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