She met us at the door, with a suitcase in each hand, what we call a Positive Samsonite Sign. Angry Partner had been muttering to himself since we were dispatched. She was easily as large as both of us combined. “I don't feel safe,” she whined in a voice more suitable to someone 1/3 her… Continue reading Oh.

“It’s 9 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

The big Sikorsky emerges out of the setting sun with a roar. Every head outside the hospital swivels to follow its gravity-defying progress as it circles above the helipad. Paradoxically, the sound of the twin turboprop engines increases as it slowly approaches the ground and the single waiting ambulance. The 'bird' touches its wheels lightly… Continue reading “It’s 9 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”


"Ambulance 79, take the response, along with Ladder 2 and Sin City Medics. Report of a man fallen from the roof."It looked like it would be one of those days. My partner and I were 10 minutes into our shift, and we hadn't finished checking out the rig. Coffee (or in my case iced tea)… Continue reading Tyvek

The Show Must Go On

“We've got a fire on the stage!” I tore from the back of the Performing Arts office, sprinting for the Stage Right doors. I grew up in a firehouse. I always knew someday I'd be not only a firefighter, but that special breed above all else, a ROWLEY firefighter. Episodes of 'Emergency!' piqued my interest… Continue reading The Show Must Go On