- Sep 7, 2020
So here is a fun question? What was your most memorable firehouse meal ? What is/was your go to meal when you had to cook , or everyone was out of ideas ?
The Kings of NeptuneI had many great Mexican food meals working at E410/T410/M410 Fairfax County but my most memorable meal was a Brooklyn Coney Island feast on a night tour with my father when I was still in school. A seafood feast at E318/L166 was in the works for a few weeks, I don't know what the celebration was for, but it was going to be a big deal. The wonderful aromas of garlic and sauces were floating across Neptune Avenue when we arrived for our feast and the mouth-watering smells did not disappoint the long-awaited anticipation.
Right on time, the "meal's ready" signal was announced and everyone hustled into the kitchen. As soon as we sat down, the Voice Alarm blared out "Is the chief in quarters?" Almost immediately, the Voice Alarm tone sounded "Attention 43 Battalion - you are special called...." I cannot remember a more disappointed look on my father's face - he loved his firehouse meals - as he hustled to the chief's rig for a run to Flatbush. We were the only available chief for an all-hands fire in a Flatbush drug store. It was a busy night in Brooklyn.
About 3 or 4 runs later, about 3 or 4 hours later, we had our Coney Island feast - hot dogs at Nathans.
Another memory - always leaving the cook back in quarters to finish cooking the meal when runs came in.