Firehouse Kitchen / Common Area
I posted this in another area and got no responses. Maybe this is the appropriate place instead.
I'm new to our department here in my semi-rural Indiana town and I'm looking for a little advice. I hope these aren't stupid questions, it's why I'm posting in the "Probie House". And before I go on I've not only searched this site but I've searched google as well and haven't found what I'm looking for.
We have 3 stations in our department. Our main station is in the middle of town, it's the biggest, nicest and where all our meetings and training takes place so obviously it's going to be the main hang out. No problem. However I DO want the guys at OUR house to have it feel a little more like home. Right now we pretty much have nothing. A kitchen area with empty cabinets, a fridge filled with nothing but bottled water, a ****ty couch, a broken TV... there's pretty much NO reason to ever spend anytime there. I want to change this. I don't plan on making this place the mother ship or anything but I DO want it to be a place that we can all converse and hang out when we find ourselves spending time there. I'm sourcing a used, working television, I already donated some pots and pans to the cabinets so we have some stuff to cook with, I'll find a cheap DVD player and bring up my old Xbox and hook it up, I'm picking up a free NEW couch on Sunday. I'm going to pick up a few LP tanks for our grill that doesn't have one so we can start grilling a little while we have station duty, maybe grab a lamp or 2 for the common area so we don't have to just use the giant fluorescent death light all the time.
Any other ideas you guys have to make the place a little more hospitable?
And that's not even my MAIN QUESTION! WTF do you guys stock your station's kitchen with? We're a volunteer department. A fairly busy one but still, there could be times we aren't on station for a week, week and a half. Are there any staples you guys ALWAYS have on hand (non perishable / long shelf life) in the cabinets / fridge / freezer so something can always be whipped up?
I really appreciate the suggestions.