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The Firehouse Foodie: Turkey Again? Why Turkey Anyway?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Turkey is a staple for Thanksgiving, as we all know, but why? As a kid, we have images of Pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread, much like we do at the Firehouse, around a big table filled with all sorts of food, and a huge turkey right there in the middle. Everyone dressed up in their …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Stop, Drop and Roll

By Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef October is Fire Prevention Month. Although that’s probably not news to anyone, we do wonder how our is message getting to the masses. Every October, we load up the trucks with plastic fire hats, coloring books and cool giveaways and head out to schools all over this great land. We invest …

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Every Kid Has a Hero

And a Dream. OWL VFD wants you to know, your community needs you.  Operational and Administrative opportunities are available, for volunteers of all backgrounds and skill sets.  Visit www.owlvfd.org or call 703-675-9933 today.

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The Firehouse Foodie: Morning! (and a wave of the hand)

 By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef One of my favorite things about life in the Firehouse is sitting out front watching life go by. We usually drag the comfy chairs out to the apron in the evening after the dinner dishes are done, the training is complete, and our evening chores are done. We sit around out …

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Italian Fire Department (funny little story)

By  Frank E. Vaerewijck One dark night in the small town of Roselle Park, New Jersey, a fire started inside the local sausage factory. In a blink, the building was engulfed in flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the first firefighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire …

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Small Galley, Big Taste!

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef When not at the station, I enjoy spending time with my wife on our sailboat. The Galley of a Catalina 30 isn’t very conducive to the preparation of a big meal, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have big taste. As human beings, we are inherently ingenuitive, and advancements in technologies …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Stuffed Burger Goodness

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef It’s finally here! Mother’s day just passed and the start of Pool season is on the horizon. Summer’s official start, according to the Summer Solstice and Roman calendar, is June 21st or June 20th depending on the time zone you’re in. Summer starts at 12:24 a. m. here on the Eastern …

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Volunteer Fire & Rescue: You Don’t Have To Be Paid To Be Professional

By Audrey Harman When a fire or other emergency occurs, people are primarily concerned with getting their loved ones rapid and well-qualified help. What they might not stop and think at the time is exactly who these men and women coming to their aid are.  To date, about 55 percent of the fire and rescue services in Prince William County are …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Recipe for a Recipe

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef After becoming a Department of Fire Program Instructor Level 2, I realized that there is so much more that goes into everything than what you see. For instance, when you’re the architect of a class and starting from just a simple idea, not only is the research of the subject important, but the …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Lip Smacking Pot Pie

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef As the Fire Prevention Officer at my department, part of my responsibility is Public Affairs and Public Education. My crew and I often give tours to visitors at the station. Many times, we are asked about where we sleep, where we eat, and the most popular question asked is about what …

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