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The Firehouse Foodie: Breakfast

By Frank E. Vaerewyck I recently saw a post on Facebook from a friend of mine who is a Captain with the Arlington (Virginia) County Fire Department. The picture was of a group of firefighters working in unison to prepare for breakfast. White fridge to the left of the room, stainless steel island with pots and pans hanging above, adorned with …

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the Firehouse

By Frank E. Vaerewyck Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the Firehouse Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The bunker pants sat by the beds with care, In hopes that no calls will let us sleep fair; The Captain was nestled all snug in his bed, While visions of promotion danced in his head As the …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewyck Simple things incentivize success. I have written a few times about training, and say all the time to “Train like you live, Live like you train.” I whole-heartedly believe in that saying, and heard another one the other day that rings true as well: “People don’t learn to fail, they fail to learn.” That statement alone …

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The Firehouse Foodie: October

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef The month of October is a busy time. Halloween is just around the corner and this is the month that nationally we engage in Fire Prevention Education. October is known for other things as well, but these two events can play on each other quite well. Countless kids every year dress up …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Cake and Ice Cream

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef “Would you look at that!” “What’s up Captain?” As the Captain throws the newspaper down on the table, front page up, there in all his glory is FF/EMT Carter standing next to Engine 2 looking at the fire in the back ground all heroic and superman-like. The PA crackles and the …

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The Firehouse Foodie

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef “I called for an Ambulance and the Fire Truck showed up, I didn’t call for a Fire Truck.” Well, you had an emergency, and you did the right thing by calling 911, that in turn put a pre-set chain of events into motion. After that call for help is received and the information …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Pride & Performance

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef “Love the obvious pride on DCFD E15 – from the well packed hosebed, to the neighborhood name on their layout pack. When you see pride like this OFF the fireground, there’s no doubt you can expect all-star performance ON the fireground. Keep up that Anacostia pride.” I read these words in …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Good for Nothing!

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Firehouse Chef Trying to get back in the right frame of mind after being on vacation for a whole week is hard. We recently spent a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and it was nice to disconnect. It was nice to get away from work, responsibility, and all of the …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Tradition

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef Tradition is defined by Merriam-Webster as an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom), a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable, the handing down of information, beliefs, …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Coffee Talk

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef It’s 7:20 a. m. The smell of fresh dew permeates the air. The coffee is hot in the cup, the cars driving by make a distinct sound on the street. In the distance a dog barks as to say, “Hey, let me back in; I’m done.” PWL The sound of …

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