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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.

Michael Morse's book Responding covers 38 hours as he and his co-workers respond to emergencies in Rhode Island's capitol city. The book's pace is as relentless as the 9-1-1 calls that keep the…
“Rescue and Engine 10, respond to 392 Whitmarsh Street for an emotional female out of control.” “Rescue 1, responding.” I replaced the mic to its clip on the dashboard and…
The bottle was wet and sticky, and I knew in an instant it was definitely something I’d have been better off not touching. I dropped it back into the plastic shopping bag and looked back in,…
“Rescue 5 and Engine 3, respond to Dorrance at Westminster for an MVC, public bus involved.” “Rescue 5, responding.” Great. A mass-casualty incident to end the shift. How do I…
The kid was alive when Engine 3 arrived but died a few minutes later. The radio transmission was cold, lifeless and heartbreaking. “Engine 3 to Fire Alarm, 11-year-old male, code 99.”…
I spent nearly an hour in her home, talking with her friend, learning why she refused to get out of bed, refused to stop drinking and refused to join the rest of us in life. Her boss had been there…
We’re in the basement of a triple-decker in a run-down neighborhood, on scene with a man down, strong pulse, respirations 6 a minute. The house appears abandoned. It’s dark down there,…
I scramble around, working like a fool—thousands of EMS calls a year, every year for 20 years, trying to make a difference, thinking I have, hoping it isn’t all for nothing. I know that…
0415 hrs. The tone sounds in the station and the blow lights fill the space with harsh fluorescent light. “Rescue 1, respond to 160 Broad Street at Crossroads for a female with tooth pain.…
Three stories from a night on the town: Show Is Over She spent hours at the gym, had her nails done, a pedicure, her hair was perfect, and she spent a few hours getting ready for a fun night out…
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