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    Default What do you do in your Firehouse on Thaksgiving?

    Just curious how you handle Thansgiving in your Firehouse. Do you cook dinner as a crew? Do you bring food from home cooked by wives and gf's? Do you invite family members or is it just the crew at the table?

    Since we only have a 3 man house on Thansgiving (1 FFer and a 2 person parish medic crew) the firefighter is allowed to go home, since we are required to live in the district, and eat dinner with the family. Medic crew is allowed to do the same as long as they are in the core area of the district.

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    The City pays for the food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The day shift does the cooking, and we invite the PD and EMS crews to enjoy the holiday dinner with us.
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    Every engine house is on ďholiday routineĒ. Itís a relatively laid back day, no training scheduled, no unneeded house work, and so on. Normal housework, hose work from previous shifts overnight fire duty, and tool maintenance is done, after that the day is all yours.
    Cooking is handled by one of the members, with others pitching in.
    All things considered, it really isnít that bad of a day to work. Besides, itís a great excuse for you to get out of the headache of all those family things, and watch some football.

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    Not firehouse but one of the management type person is cooking up a meal at one of the stations and we'll rotate trucks through there for the meal. Other than that, it's pretty much laid back more then usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasper45
    Every engine house is on ďholiday routineĒ. Itís a relatively laid back day, no training scheduled, no unneeded house work, and so on. Normal housework, hose work from previous shifts overnight fire duty, and tool maintenance is done, after that the day is all yours.
    Cooking is handled by one of the members, with others pitching in.
    All things considered, it really isnít that bad of a day to work. Besides, itís a great excuse for you to get out of the headache of all those family things, and watch some football.
    That's pretty much what we're doing today with the exception that our families will be joining us here.
    We've already given our sacrifice to the "Call Gods" and sent some candy and cookies to dispatch.

    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. -sno
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    Holiday Day. We lucked out, one of the bigger hotel/restuarants is cooking us dinner and the church across the street is taking care of lunch. As far as house work, normal rig/equip checks or daily house work and the rest of the day is yours.

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    Pretty laid back. Basic housework,rigs checked,any paperwork that needs to be done. Generally more stove and kitchen fires though. The first one of the day was at 7:40am. just before I got off at 8am. At least half a dozen is average for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gotta clean those stoves. Most double houses make a turkey with all the fun fat stuff and will invite the guys from the closest single house( 4 guys) over for the meal. Unless they're too cheap and end up eating peanut butter and jelly on yesterdays bagels. One good thing about working on the holidays is there's no traffic and it's an easy drive in.

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    Talking Well..........................

    It's 22:25 hours here in Glenn Dale. Today's tally (so far) is:

    Tower Ladder - 6 Trips

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    Make that 3 for the Engine, they're rolling as I type this, Wires down and burning in the street. We got a little Snow last night, today was mostly cloudy and cold (30s) and about 17:00 the wind came up strong, by 18:00 it was 35, gusting to 50. Great Fire Weather............

    Oh, almost forgot, Dinner.
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    Same thing we do any other day except that since its a holiday we can watch TV before 1700hrs.
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    One more ride for the Engine at 23:20, Alarm Bells in a Townhome. After that, quiet night, nothing until a "Food on the Stove" at 10:20 this morning.
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    Default Turkey Day

    Well lets see. We started our day out by having a Multi-Station Wet hose evolutions.

    Then we combated a last Warehouse Fire and ran Multiple EMS calls. But inbetween all this I did have some time to cook our Holiday meals as we had our 3 Fire Station and all our families for dinner. It was a lot of work but everyone had a good time at Dinner and there was lots of food to go around so we envited the on patrol police for some good eats and they all came over as well.

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    EAT!!!and then maybe sneak off for a nap. YAWN.

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