The emotional toll of firefighting

You never know what type of call you'll be responding to.


By Uniform Stories

"That call, 24 years later, is as vivid as yesterday. It stuck with me, even though I didn't think it would."

 

Michael Morse, Formerly of the Providence, R.I. Fire Department, recounts a horrific fire call with infant fatalities from early in his career. At the critical incident stress debriefing that followed, a veteran firefighter broke down and Michael couldn't understand why. He would eventually understand, but only after the countless calls that followed in the years to come.

 

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