Notes from the Firehouse by D.E. McCourt
Notes from the Firehouse
Author: D.E. McCourt
Notes from the Firehouse follows the career of Doug McCourt, a retired firefighter from the Melrose (MA) Fire Department.
The thing that sets the book apart from others is that it isn’t about the worst calls, the biggest fires, the most gore. Doug gives us a pretty decent and unique snapshot of firefighting…the daily life, the calls that we remember, the lessons learned, the politics, and even some of the boring stuff. The great part is that he delivers it in a way that makes it easy to read and keeps you involved in the story until it is complete. He details each emergency he writes about with a style that ensures the reader will feel like they are on scene. This detail holds true even for those readers who are not firefighters.
Doug also writes about his father and his fathers influence in his life. His father was a retired captain. His brother is a firefighter as well.
Probably some of the funnier parts were the golf course brush fire fiasco and the dog that was extricated from the snow blower! Both stories will have you laughing out loud!
Doug has a refreshing storytelling ability that rivals Will Wyatt’s “And a Paycheck Too!”. Both focused on the humanity of the firefighting lifestyle instead of the testosterone filled “biggest fire stories” you see in other books. This adaptation of firefighting in book form lends itself to explaining what firefighters do better than anyone else could in fewer pages. It seems as though our thoughts and feelings are rarely seen or heard except in the firehouse, Doug does an amazing job of offering his thoughts, opinions, and experiences in this book.
About the Author:
Doug McCourt is retired form the Melrose (MA) Fire Department. He is a Marine Corps vet who also ran a piano-moving business, McCourt Movers, for thirty years. His father, Edward, retired as a captain in the Medford (MA) Fire Department. His brother, David, is a captain and active member of the Medford Fire Department. Doug currently lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, with his wife, Joan, and vacations at their summer home in Jonesport, Maine. They have two children, Edward and Leah.