It's torture knowing our brothers and sisters are toiling in harm's way while we are in quarantine. But sometimes duty requires us to stay put.
Sometimes the travails of the job can foster and "us-vs.-them" mentality between firefighters and civilians. Mike Morse on embracing the public we are sworn to protect.
"Every day, fire crews respond to 911 calls for assistance for reasons that may seem insignificant, but to the people calling, it means the world," writes Michael Morse.
First responders have come a long way since the dark ages of "what happens at work stays at work.' We no longer have to suffer in silence, says Michael Morse.
"Although a call for a seizure is common, our findings on arrival are anything but," writes Michael Morse.
Little fills a firefighter with as much dread as a call for an unresponsive, sick, or injured child. Read more from Michael Morse.
Practice makes perfect, and the only way to practice establishing IV access is by doing it. Michael Morse has some thoughts on engine company EMS.
There are times when an engine company response to an EMS call is needless. Michael Morse examines patient refusal (and demand) of transport.
Firefighters and medics do not always play well together, but when the tones go off, and the call is for an EMS crew requesting assistance, it's good to know the cavalry is on its way. Read more from Michael Morse.
It is the calls that seem to matter the least where firefighters' true mettle is tested. Michael Morse on to make the most of seemingly unnecessary calls to improve your level of service.