The seventeen stories in “Notes from the Firehouse” have been lauded by members of the fire service across the country as one of the most realistic depictions of a firefighter’s life that has ever been written. Firefighting has always been among the most respected professions and their work is unique to say the least. This book documents the humanity of the job and some of the behind the scene idiosyncrasies which most civilians find fascinating. For example one Amazon reviewer recently stated: “ I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this book. Actually I don’t think I had many expectations at all. I think this book was recommended by Amazon or something like that. But regardless of how I got the book in my Kindle, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it would be about heroic rescues and amazing death-defying feats. Instead it was a very down-to-earth story about some great people and how these very human people perform occasionally normal, occasionally heroic tasks. This book is well worth the read!!”
A memoir from a retired firefighter about firefighting, rescue calls and life around the firehouse.
It’s not all about fire – that’s lesson number one.
No,it’s a collection of things: assisting an injured person at three o’clock in the morning, calming a child in a traumatic situation, saving the belongings of a family from the ravages of a fire, seeing people in every heartbreaking situation imaginable and trying to help them, while not losing yourself in the process.
And it’s about the insanity found in the firehouse – to the author it’s the Cracker Factory – and the politics and pettiness that try unsuccessfully to steal the joy from the job. The book doesn’t dwell on the nuts and bolts of firefighting, as much as it documents the human side of the job.
“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.” The Midwest Book Review
“It’s captivating. I couldn’t put it down.” Rhett Fleitz – The Fire Critic