Firehouse Subs donates life-saving equipment to Cahaba Valley Fire Department

By KATHRYN ACREE

Firefighter David Smetek shows a group of area homeschool students some of the equipment donated to the Cahaba Valley Fire Department by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded more than $17,000 worth of life-saving equipment and tools to the Cahaba Valley Fire Department and Emergency Medical Rescue during a ceremony on Jan. 6 at the fire station off Highway 280.

Equipment donated included ventilation fans, lighted generators, K12 and vent saws, lockout kits, pickhead axes, hose rollers, helmets and many other items.

“Sometimes the biggest needs are the smaller items used all the time by fire departments,” said David Conklin, area representative with Firehouse Subs.

Harrison and Joseph McGaha check out life-saving equipment donated to the Cahaba Valley Fire Department by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

“This is the second donation made to this fire department through the foundation,” said Brook Highland Firehouse Subs owner John Porter. “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing life-saving equipment is going where it’s needed.”

After the April 27 tornadoes across our state, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation launched a national fundraiser allowing diners to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. Funds raised through the program replace outdated and worn equipment, increasing the department’s operational safety.

John, Claudia and Nellie Porter with Firehouse Subs Area Representative David Conklin. The Porter’s are owners/franchisees of four area Firehouse Subs locations including Brook Highland and Altadena. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $335,000 to public safety entities in Alabama.

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