A few weeks ago I was driving around town when I saw a banner hanging over an intersection:
“Firefighter’s Association Annual Pancake Breakfast”
I remember attending these as a child, with their mediocre–if plentiful–pancakes, opportunities to sit in fire engines, and probably stickers and balloons. My understanding is that this is a common event around the United States. How did this get started? I understand that part of the purpose is to build awareness about fire safety within a given community, starting with young children, and perhaps raise funds for the organization. Free food is a tried and true method of ensuring attendance at most events.
But what’s the (historical?) connection between pancakes and firefighters?
A breakfast puzzle…