So let’s do some catching up huh?
This weeks question:
Do you ever take dinner to the station for the crew or pack food with the FF for their dinner?
My firefighter is vollie but works a 24 every Saturday. We both work “regular” jobs during the week so time is pretty valuable. At least once a month or so we have a shift dinner date. I will either cook something in the crockpot or order take out and meet him at the hall for dinner. I love our dinners at the hall, even though I have to share him with his partner. I love that he knows dinner is only a phone call away when he needs it, and even if I can’t make it that day the invite always makes me feel good – kind of like when we were dating and he asked me out!
We’re a mainly volunteer department with 1 paid guy on shift. But, when he’s hanging out at the station I have brought dinner by as long as there aren’t like 10 volunteers there (the young bucks are too expensive. They eat like the teenagers they still are lol). Like after relay for life I brought bbq plates for hubby and the guy on shift.
I do routinely take dinner to the firehouse when I get an off day. I will make a production of it, that I will tell them in the morning what I am making and then bring it to them all fresh and warm, or finish it at the station. When I do this I always surprise them with a desert or ice cream. In the summers I drop off ice cream a lot especially when they are doing hydrants. I always make sure to get a couple gallons or pints for the other two unit days following his crew. If I am working and won’t be there until around 2030 hours or later, I make sure that I have some food for Jeff to take as left overs. I have been known to have two crock pots going or making two main dishes just to make sure he has sufficient food. Now he usually brings one meal back home because they will get a group dinner together at some point – depending on runs of course.
I miss taking dinner to the station regularly. The station he worked at the first 2 or 3 years was smaller and not far down the road. In fact if they were cooking it wasn’t uncommon for me to get a text message asking me to check something in the crockpot.
There were 2-4 guys at the station at any time and it was easy to cook for them. Who was there didn’t change much.
Now that he’s at headquarters? Eh, it’s a PITA. One thing, there could be 5-7 guys. Who those guys are could have changed at any time during the day. If he’s working our shift then I’m more apt to do it. I know the majority of them don’t have diet restrictions. But last time he set it up to bring dinner the shift ended up having 2 lactose intolerants working. Clam chowder wouldn’t work lol
Since we are eating healthier, I think we will work on planning at least one dinner a shift for the station. Summers coming fast and that means even busier. If they aren’t there to cook or make a grocery run, then it ends up being bad foods. Much easier if we can plan something.
Plus, I LOVE DOING IT!