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The Firehouse Foodie: Rude Awakening

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Firefighters coming up in the new fire service will never know what it’s like to wet the ceiling at 2:00 a. m. What in the world is he talking about, you ask. Well, my friends, those of you that have been in the fire service for some time know what it’s like to be abruptly woken up …

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Firehouse Foodie: The Future in Explorers

By Frank E. Vaerewyck It is often said that the future is in our youth, and this statement is particularly true in the Fire Service. Little kids love firefighters, and most want to be one from a young age. As we grow older, other things tend to get in the way, like sports, academics, friends, relationships, and such. Scouting has become …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Greatness! (and Cheesecake)

By Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef Greatness! There is greatness in us all. This was the underlying message last Sunday as the preacher at church spoke positive greatness into us all during his sermon. While his message was more about how there was a king in all of us, I have never considered myself a king. …

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The Firehouse Foodie: ‘Twas the Chaos Before Christmas?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Despite what the department stores try to tell you, the Christmas mad dash doesn’t start until weeks, if not days, before that magical day. Much like Facebook, memories of this day are steeped in grandiose snapshots that have cropped out the chaos that ensued prior to, and directly after, these snippets in time. The shopping centers, malls, …

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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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