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.
“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 Funds raised through the program replace outdated and worn equipment, increasing the department’s operational safety.
Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $335,000 to public safety entities in Alabama.