Below are some of the comments from a recent review.
The book starts out fast-paced and action oriented, and doesn’t stop until the last page. Firemen chronicles his progress from waiting to turn 18 to join the fire department, all the way up until now. The overall story, from kid to chief watching his own son become a firefighter is told via stories of things happening on the fireground. At the start we see a naive young firefighter that I’m sure everyone can relate to, and by the end of the book you realize that you are reading the words of a seasoned veteran. The stories encompass the entire range of emotions – funny, tragic, routine and downright horrifying.
The unique thing about this book is that it is written from the perspective of a volunteer firefighter, which is a rare treat in a world seemingly filled with stories and memoirs from the paid side of the house. This paints a vivid juxtaposition between going from a civilian to a firefighter at a moments notice, driven home by the wonderful plectron pager that we all hate to love.
As a non-officer firefighter, It’s also great to see the fire service from a Chief’s perspective. It’s made me think of things on scene that I normally wouldn’t be concerned with, and it’s opened my eyes to a lot with regards to how our officers think and why they make the decisions that they do. This alone makes it worth the read.
10 Seventy Five.com Review of "Fire Men"