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The Midwest Book Review

 The most daunting thing about running into a burning building isn't the fire; it's everything else. "Notes from the Firehouse" is the memoir of veteran firefighter D. E. McCourt.  "Notes" is a moving and exciting memoir about the things people don't always consider about firefighting.

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"It's captivating. I couldn't put it down."

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"Doug McCourt's "Notes from the Firehouse" is a wonderful account of the author's years as a firefighter and member of a rescue squad. By the time I finished this terrific and tender account, I felt I knew him, his fellow firemen and the secret life of the firehouse. He is a hero who would never say so and a fine writer too. " Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452872392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452872391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was just on a flight to Phoenix, and I had to stop myself from reading the whole thing on the way out, so that I would have some left to read on the way back. I read it cover to cover in just two days, a rare accomplishment for me these days. I truly, truly enjoyed it. It was a great mix of funny, poignant, harrowing, heartbreaking, angering and heartwarming. I expect I'll read it again.

I'm in no way a firefighter, so I appreciated that the author did not want to encumber the stories with the "nuts and bolts" of the job, and I agree with that.
There were times when I think little details would have added to the stories, because I've never been to a fire, or really been to a firehouse, I wanted a little context from time to time. I had to sometimes fabricate a scene in my mind out of guesswork because I didn't have the lingo, but it certainly did not take away from the human element of the stories. I'm a geek, and I like it when the curtain is pulled back and I get to see they way stuff works.

By contrast, in one of the stories, an explanation of the traction splint and how it operated was amazing... I understood the essence of how it worked, the delicacy needed, and as a result I could feel the bones grinding, and could practically feel in my own leg what was happening.

In a nutshell, I enjoyed the heck out of this book, not only as an interesting read, but of the unsung yet truly heroic deeds our firefighters perform every day.
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By Galway Kid on November 11, 2011
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Wow D.E. You nailed it!From poignant to preposterous,this is how it really is!!
McCourt has painted a beautiful "firefighting" landscape with some great scenes and
colorful characters.
As a"not Boston" but Metro Boston firefighter for over twenty
years,I can honestly say that after reading this book only the nicknames and letters
on the turnout coats are different. These stories portray the great comradery and
absolute nonsense we deal with on an everyday basis.
McCourt touches base on the Heroes to Zeroes syndrome,where you cut someone
out of an auto wreck with the "jaws of life" one day and the next week
he is on TV slashing the fire deptartment budget.The stories are hearfelt and humorous
with a sprinkle of courage and bravery.
If your looking for a "Heavy smoke showin,stick to the roof",big jake tough guy book
you might want to move to the fireground channel!
This book will make you laugh, almost cry (firemen dont cry) and experience some insight
into the day to day of the firefighters that are "always there when you need them."

Way to Go D.E. My cart is waitin for the next 17.
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I received "Notes from the Firehouse" as a gift so I wasn't sure what to expect - or whether I'd even get past the first few pages. Well, I stopped reading at 3:00am after picking it up for the first tme at 8:00pm, and finished it up the next day. Great stories, ranging from funny to tragic to very moving. Doug McCourt has a very conversational writing style that pulls the reader into his stories. From the mundane and funny times at the firehouse to the adrenalin-pumping rescues, McCourt gives us a peak into life on the job - and I'm getting another copy to give to a friend who is a retired firefigher on disability. Many thanks to McCourt and all his colleagues who put their lives on the line for us every day.
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My husband and I discovered this book while on vacation. Neither of us are firefighters, though we do have family members that have been. I first started reading the book and knew immediately it was going to be way too good not to share. I started reading it aloud to my husband and he was totally captivated. The author was so engaging with his writing style...it was as if he were right there beside us talking! The book is broken up into little chapters and each one is a story in itself, yet all connected to each other. The words and the stories were REAL! It was the perfect mix: heartfelt, honest, entertainingly hilarious at times, pure raw emotions and easy to relate to, all at the same time! We had to FORCE ourselves to put the book down as we wanted to save it to read a little each day of the vacation. We actually made it just 3 days before we were done as we could not stop ourselves! This is a FUN book to share with someone. It is light easy reading and yet deeply felt. We would read in the evenings and found ourselves chatting about what we read the next day! You do not have to have any connection to fire-fighting to thoroughly enjoy this book! We both totally recommend this book for so many reasons. It will touch your heart in places and embrace your soul! You will be totally satisfied that you discovered this gem. And, like us, you will find yourself chuckling out loud over parts of it...long afterwards! Buy this book for yourself and buy another copy for a friend at the same time. It is one you will want to share! Also, remember your local fire department. Why not buy them a copy and bring it over to them? They, like you will totally enjoy this one! Thank you D E McCourt for sharing your experiences with us! Writing this book was the right choice! We will treasure our copy!
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