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Thursday, March 10, 2011


Usually, sometime around 4:30 in the afternoon, whoever is cooking dinner gets started. Every crew is different. Some have a resident chef that always cooks. Most have some sort of rotation where everyone gets a chance to cook. This tour, my engineer was cooking.

He decided that we would be doing pizza that night. So while I was doing EMS reports (yes, even we get inundated by paperwork) he prepared the pies and placed them in the oven. It was about this time when his wife called.

While he was talking on the phone and I was on the computer some cheese melted and slid off the pizza and onto the bottom of the oven. We, of course, did not realize this until we heard the loud electronic warble of the fire alarm joined with an annoying strobe light flashing. It really is effective at getting your attention.

I ran upstairs to the kitchen to find my engineer at the oven pulling out a piece of charcoal that was meant to be his pizza. While my captain headed to the panel to shut off the alarm we opened up all the doors and windows. The chef then tried to salvage what was left of his pizza.

Even firefighters are not immune from torching dinner. Oh well.


Lauren said...

LOL that made me giggle after a really crappy day. The pictures are worth a 1000 words!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Ha.. that's great. I once left a pot of spaghetti boiling on the stove and went on a call. Campus security (our rescue squad is on campus) was patrolling the area and smelled something burning. Fortunately they came in and turned it off before the building burned down! But we were at least on a call, not at the station :P

FF47 said...

Ha! What an idiot! Oh, wait....
Hey, at least we know all the station alarms work now, right?

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

FF47- Always looking at the bright side.

Jen- We have the automatic shut off switches that kill the range, oven and BBQ when we get a call or else it would get ugly I'm sure.

Hydrant girl said...

And what's wrong with burning food? It's just "well done".... (and that's the reason I don't cook - hubby doesn't want every meal burnt :-)
(I'm replying to a few of your posts at once because my internet is so slow)

Good post about the anti-depressants, and I can't wait to hear more about the house!

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

Hydrant Girl- Some people actually prefer the food a little 'toasted.'

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