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. This book is the blue-collared view of a career firefighter. The seventeen stories in Notes from the Firehouse take the reader on a journey with the everyday firefighter from his first days as a rookie, to his last fire that prematurely sends him into retirement.
“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