Because the crews work a 24-hour shift, they must eat their lunch and dinner at the station. The firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. Each morning, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the vehicles (either the engine or ambulance) will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase the food for the shift. Like you, on occasion they like to eat at their favorite restaurant and will eat lunch or dinner out. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during meal time.