Bulloch County firefighters soon will have new specialized rescue equipment, thanks to a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The $18,870 grant will be used to purchase three rope rescue kits and two emergency rescue sets of five-piece lift bags, said Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey.
“In addition to multiple fire engines and tanker trucks, Bulloch County Fire Department operates two rescue apparatus equipped with specialty tools and equipment that respond to numerous types of rescue calls, such as vehicle accidents and trapped persons,” he said. “The new equipment will increase the capabilities of the volunteer responders to assist the residents and visitors of Bulloch County in an emergency situation.”
Firefighters will be trained on use of the new equipment before it is put into service, he said.
“The additional equipment will allow us to improve our capabilities in rescue situations, by providing us with more resources,” he said. “We want to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the support to better serve our community and its guests.”
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs founders Chris and Robin Sorensen traveled to Mississippi and provided food to first responders and survivors.
The foundation’s mission is funding life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since
its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $29.5 million to recipients in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
To fund the grants, each Firehouse Subs restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters also collect spare change, and the “Round Up” program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.