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Rescuing Providence

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1581606294
ISBN-10: 158160629X
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The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Michael Morse is a firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked on engine, ladder and rescue companies during his 16-year career. His current assignment is Lieutenant, Rescue 1. For more information, check his blog at www.rescuing-providence.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158160629X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581606294
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rescuing Providence is a fast-paced book in which the author, Michael Morse, takes you along for the ride as he and his fellow officers respond to 24 emergency calls in a 34-hour period. Morse is a surprisingly good writer who makes you feel as if you're right there with him as he races from one call to the next. But this isn't the Hollywood version of rescue work, where every call is a major event. This is the real deal, meaning that Morse spends just as much time handling minor injuries and carting drunks to detox as he does dealing with matters of life and death. In fact, it's in many of these smaller stories that the real heart of the book lies, as we see the compassionate side of the people who help not only those in real need of emergency services, but also those who simply can't help themselves. Morse's book ought to be required reading for all prospective firefighters and EMTs. For the rest of us, it's a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the people who do a critical job that is often dangerous, sometimes thankless, but ultimately rewarding.
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This is a quality read that gives the reader a look behind the curtain of EMS and rescue response. A little hokey at times, it none the less is accurate. As a veteran of the same industry, I'm a little critical of these types of books, but feel that overall Mr. Morse has captured the life of the men and women who often go unnoticed and unconsidered until they're needed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's curious about the life and the industry, or anyone who wonders why things went the way they did when needing these services.
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I read a lot of this type stuff and this is at the top end of the scale. Comparable to Report from Engine Company 82 or Rescue Squad. Morse does not harp on the gore and the blood as some authors do. instead he notes the job and the people he deals with. His candor is biting as is his love for the City of Providence. I hope to read more from him soon.
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Lt. Michael Morse takes you inside a very unique and incredible society without you having to be a member of it. You don't have to be a firefighter, EMT or even remotely involved in either field to be taken in by this moving, funny and brilliant work - you just have to be human. Michael is not afraid to tell you about the good, the bad or the indifferent in this book. He just takes you inside a world where you never, ever know what you're going to walk into - or if you'll walk out of it alive and sane.

If for nothing else, read this book to appreciate all that you have in life - and all that you do NOT have to deal with.

A phenomenal book by a phenomenal man.
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Michael Morse's Rescuing Providence is a good read. In the 24 hours covered in the book, we ride with Morse in his rescue truck, through Providence, Rhode Island. We share the victories, defeats and frustrations. It is by turns, hopeful, sad, angry, and funny. It's short enough to read in a good afternoon or evening, but I enjoyed reading it in short sections. I liked it a lot.
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Having been a firefighter in the next town over, and occasionally responding to Providence, I can tell you this book is the real deal. Providence is a city in crisis, barely held together by its public safety teams. A must-read to understand urban fire and rescue today.
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