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.
Everybody loves firefighters when they are convenient and free. Nobody likes us very much when the bills come due. Mike Morse on how the fire service can present its best case for staffing and equipment.
"The sheer number of EMS calls makes it difficult for even the most dedicated among us to commit the proper amount of time needed to stay sharp at firefighting, but that is a battle in which we all must engage," writes Michael Morse.
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.
"There is no excuse for getting killed or injured by a previously unconscious patient. We are in complete control. It is up to us to maintain that control—or relinquish it," writes Michael Morse.
"There is no reason not to treat incoming advanced life support units with the same consideration you give to members of your own department or the people with whom you run every day," writes Michael Morse and John C. Healey.
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.
"It is truly comforting to know that those who come after me and the friends I made along the way remember us and continue to do their best. They continue to carry on the tradition of excellence that we learned from those who came before us," writes Michael Morse.
"Although a call for a seizure is common, our findings on arrival are anything but," writes Michael Morse.