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Excellent! - Best describes this book. Scott Mellott has raised the bar on how to publish an outstanding pictorial history book. If you have an interest in the Houston Fire Department or just enjoy reading about Fire Department History, this book is a must have to add to your collection. The combination of Scott's knowledge of the Houston Fire Departments history, spectacular fire scene images taken by some of Houston's most prominent photographers and a well laid out format chapter to chapter makes this book a sure masterpiece. Another feature that stands out in this book are the firefighter group photos. These images were well thought out and creatively done. This is usually a grey area with most Fire Department History books. Most Departments all use the same format of posing the firefighters by their apparatus in front of Quarters. In this book, you will definitely see a more personal side and have an interest in seeing the surroundings used in these images. This book richly shows the integrity, professionalism and brotherhood of the Houston Fire Department and it's History from cover to cover!
If you are interested in Houston, Houston History, Fire Fighters, or any combination thereof - then this book it for you. The images are breathtaking and include everything from dramatic fires to daily life at the stations. Scott has truly captured the essence of the department while honorably chronicling the fallen brothers and sisters and those that remember them every day.
This an absolutely spectacular book! The detail is really remarkable and the photos are beautiful. After reading this, you really feel personally connected not only to the Houston Fire Department, but to every event in it's history. I did not have the opportunity to purchase the previous book (A Pictorial History of the Houston Fire Department 1895-1980), but I will be purchasing a re-leased copy from the hfdbook website. If you are interested in Fire History or the City of Houston, this book is a must have! Also makes an excellent gift :)
This pictorial was so beautifully put together. It reminds everyone that when you hear the word first responder, fire fighter, ems, paramedic...they have faces....they aren't just the words, they are people. This book shows the dangers that our men and women in HFD face. And the layout of the tragic fire that cost the lives of four of our firefighters is so eloquently done; to show the story and the memorials...was simply touching.
F. Scott Mellott has done it again! He has captured the camaraderie and the dedication of the Men and Women of The Houston Fire Department! As a Retired Houston Firefighter who has lived through the blood, sweat and tears that this book portrays, I say Thank You for creating this masterpiece that will be passed onto generations to come!
This is a great follow-up to Scott's first book, 1895-1980. The attention to detail and the amount of time and effort put into this book is tremendous. Each picture depicts a day in the life of Houston's Bravest. I would recommend both books to anyone who wanted to know what it is like to be a firefighter.
I have so much respect for Fire Fighters and this book. The amount of detail is unbelievable and each picture tells it's own story. I am the proud owner of both books and every person that picks it up off my coffee table, can't put them down.
Amazing book! This book is not a typical 'Year Book' by any means. Scott Mellott and his staff have assembled and published a true 'Pictorial History' of the Houston Fire Department. The book contains photographs and captions of many legendary HFD Firefighters, Stations and Events. The hours that went into the gathering, editing and publishing of this product must be mind boggling.