The Last Men Out: Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse
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The Last Men Out: Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse

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"An insightful, dramatic and emotional tale that deserves a place alongside Dennis Smith's classic firefighting memoir, Report from Engine Co. 82." -Terry Golway, New York Post

Brooklyn's Rescue 2 has long been known as one of the country's top firehouses, a model for departments nationwide. Recognized for their expertise and commitment, Rescue 2's men handle only big blaz...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Holt Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2004)
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Honestly, I don't know exactly what to say about this book except READ IT! . This book should be required reading for firefighters and New Yorkers/Americans alike. These are the stories of the men who lived and died for you. These are the men who put it all on the line in the fire-filled days of the 70s and 80s. These are the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice not just on that fateful day in September 2001, but in other fires that the public no longer remembers. These are the men that are char...more
Talyson Green
Ms. Brooks
Academic English 10
6 January 2012

The Last Men Out is a non-fiction biography about how everyday firefighters in New York City put their lives on the line to save others. This book talks about the language that firefighters speak when they get called to a fire by the 911 dispatchers. For example, when the firefighters hears the dispatcher say 10-60, that means that there is a major emergency that they needs their attention. After the book mentions some of the codes that th...more
Ryan Gunter
This is a great book about the lives of firefighters. Rescue 2 in New York City has such a rich history and is full of great rescues and rich friendships. This book is a wonderful glimpse into how firefighting is such a great brotherhood with bonds that go beyond just the job. That everyone takes care of each other in and out of the fire station.

It shows how fire fighting has gone just beyond fighting fires, but to car accidents, collapses, water rescues, up to terrorism. As someone who is a vo...more
Daniel Carroll
I really enjoyed the insiders peek into the world of the fireman. ..ending up with the gripping horror of 9/11
Feb 19, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the fire service.
Shelves: firedepartment
While not the best book on the fire service - that would be David Halberstam's Firehouse - this book is a touching look into the world of one of the countries most elite fire houses - Brooklyn's Rescue 2. Rescue 2 (or "The Rescue" as its members call it) responds to any significant fire incident in Brooklyn, as well as larger calls in other boroughs.

The book has a collection of war stories from the three generations of firefighters who have worked there. Very fun to read, if you think burning bu...more
This book is about new york city fire fighting. At rescue 2 a local fire house the firemen go through H3!!. Fighting fires in no day job the firemen stay up all night and have no rest during the day. Whether washing the rig learning new equipment this book will keep the firemen and the reader busy. I would recommend this book to anybody whom is interested in fire fighting.
This is by far the best "firefighter" related true life story book I have ever read. A lot of these books were written after 9/11, but none come close to this one. This was book was actually started prior to 9/11. It's a page turner and I finished it in one day. This might not be interesting for someone who isn't in the fire service but it's worth a try.
I've read several firefighting books but none come close to this one. The true events of this book were written prior and after 9/11, and the stories are very surreal at some point you fell like your on the back step with res2cue responding to a fire. The book covers some great legends of the FDNY like Downey, Gancy, Pritchard, Stackpole etc.
J. Dallas
An up close and personal look at the men of FDNY's elite rescue company. These men are the best of the best. The ones other firefighters call when the s*** really hits the fan. This book is also a fitting tribute to those of Rescue Co. 2 who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on Sept. 11 2001. It doesn't get any more real than this.
Medic 1181
Inside the Fire House of Rescue 2 FDNY prior to and post 9/11. Known as ledgends for going decades without a man killed on duty their skills have been used all over the U.S. during rescue efforts, including the Oklahoma City Bombing. Rescue 2 lost alot on 9/11
Delani Littlefield
This is by far the best book that I have ever read!! It was so inspirational and moving. It is vey hard for an 'outsider' to be able to really get into a firehouse and he did! I lost count of how many times that I cried but it is a phenomenal book!! :)
Totally thrilling since my cousin Brian was Captain of Rescue 1 in Manhattan around the same time as many of the events in this book take place. These guys are the elite of the elite and pretty much invented the rescue training and tactics as they are today.
Fantastic book about Rescue 2. I found this book while doing research on a rememberance post for Billy Lake this past 9/11. I knew firefighters could be tough, but I had no idea how tough. These guys are amazing.
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Jan 28, 2013 Natasha ツ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Does anybody know if this is available in electronic format in any store? Have checked Amazon and a few others, but can't find it :(
Ann Schaffer
This is an almost unbelievable story about some firefighters who survived when one of the towers fell. Very good!
Nov 29, 2007 Liana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in firefighting
I read this prior to starting the fire academy. It is touching and realistic as well as interesting.
Excellent book on Rescue 2 in Brooklyn NY.
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