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Notes from the Firehouse: Seventeen Firefighting Stories from a Retired Firefighter Paperback – April 1, 2011
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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.
Rhett Fleitz - The Fire Critic
"It's captivating. I couldn't put it down."
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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.
McCourt has painted a beautiful "firefighting" landscape with some great scenes and
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been a firefighter for 27 years and this is one of the best books I've read on firefighting. The author tells it like it is and for those who want to know what our world is... Read morePublished 7 days ago by David Vencill
This is truly one of the best books I have read about being a firefighter. It shows that it's ok to laugh and do or say things that might sound out of place but in reality... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pmc
It was funny & real. Good read for anyone who likes funny & real.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Funny stories, that most fire fighters may not admit to. I liked reading the good, the bad, and the in between!Published 1 month ago by Bree
I was looking forward to reading some good stories about funny pranks as well as pick up a little insight into the workings of a full time firehouse. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shelley G. Frew
I've been interested in joining the fire service and this book was exactly what I was looking for. Great read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer