Firefighters consume 10K eggs, 4.5K strips of bacon on wildfire base

Inmate firefighters began preparing almost 2,000 meals at midnight for firefighters battling the Creek Fire

By FireRescue1 Staff

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of inmate firefighters  are helping to keep crews well-fed at base camp.

Los Angeles Times reported that inmate firefighters prepared almost 2,000 meals for the Creek Fire personnel, beginning their preparation at midnight.

“The chow for this morning is going to be eggs and those eggs aren’t going to be just your one or two you normally have at home,” L.A. County Fire Department Capt. Chris Reade said. “We have 10,000 eggs being prepped here this morning, 9,000 sticks of French toast and 4,500 pieces of bacon. That’s just for this morning.”

Not only are the inmate firefighters handling the heat in the kitchen, but they’re also helping on the fire line.

“They’re a huge intricate part of this fire camp and making sure it runs and making sure everyone gets fed,” Capt. Reade said.

For lunch, firefighters grabbed a snack consisting of 10,000 calories, making for the “biggest lunch bag you’ve ever seen,” according to Capt. Reade.

“You don’t go to school and get a lunch like that,” Capt. Reade said. “They’re working 24 hours so they’re not actually coming back here at nighttime.”


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