The Firehouse Foodie: Brotherhood Above All Else

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By Frank E. Vaerewijck

Membership has its privileges. Remember that ad campaign? When I write those words, they ring true not because of some credit card, but because of a unique breed of men and women who combated the fear that paralyzes most people and overcome it with knowledge, bravery and experience to become Firefighters.

Once you have had your trial by fire and earned your title, you were accepted into a club with a membership that spans continents. A Brotherhood that truly is worldwide. In this club, you can be halfway around the world, stop in at any firehouse, introduce yourself and be accepted with open arms.

Whether you are career or volunteer doesn’t matter for the most part. There are those that feel if you don’t receive a paycheck, you don’t know what you’re doing. But there are many volunteers who have just as much, if not more, experience than those who are lucky enough to get paid to do the best job in the world.

This bond is forged by Fire and earned through education, certification and experience. You must put your time in to be fully accepted into the club by your peers. When you join a new volley house or get hired somewhere new, just as with any other job, you have to let your actions speak louder than your words.

The Brotherhood is the glue that holds us together and if you have witnessed a Firefighter’s funeral, this is very evident. We have each other’s back and never leave anyone behind. We never let a Brother down; Brotherhood above all else.

I would like to share a little something I throw together that’s easy to make at the station or at home.It’s quick, easy and satisfies the oriental craving. Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry with rice is oh so deliciousand “That’s Bringing the Firehouse Home!”

Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry


  • 1.5 pounds beef tips
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry mix
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 medium saucepan of water per instructions for rice
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce


Boil water with pinch of salt and add rice to cook until tender.

Brown beef tips in medium fry pan. When tips get brown on all sides, add half of the teriyaki sauce and black pepper. Cook until sauce has cooked off, stirring occasionally, so that tips do not burn or stick.

Mix remaining ingredients in pan over medium heat and stir until vegetables are cooked and tender.

Plate with rice on bottom and enjoy!



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