Honoring their namesake

Firehouse Subs donates $14,000-plus to Maryville Fire Department

Maryville firefighters were on hand at Firehouse Subs June 16 to thank the restaurant’s foundation for donating almost $15,000 in equipment and special fire-resistant uniforms for 34 firefighters.

Firehouse Subs and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated the much-needed equipment.

Contacted by phone, Fire Chief Tony Crisp said the firefighters are thankful for the donation from the foundation. “They actually sought us out and told us about the foundation grant. Our local restaurant owner told me they had that grant and encouraged us to apply, and we did,” Crisp said. “We were fortunate enough to be awarded the grant, and during this time, it was a real good shot in the arm. We’re very pleased and thankful they chose us.”

The equipment includes a Nonin Pulse OX Carry Case, Impact VAL-PAK Suction Unit, CFE IV Warmer and a LA Rescue Trauma Attack Pack, all providing the latest technology to EMS medics.

Capt. David Hodge said the equipment would help the firefighters, who have been providing EMS service for about three years. “Maryville Fire Department runs advanced life support, which means we can do basically just about everything an ambulance can do except transport. We can do advanced airway management and administer some drugs,” Hodge said.

Hodge said that in three years of providing the EMS service, the firefighters have delivered a baby, and saved four people who were clinically dead when the firefighters arrived. “It’s hard to tell what else we’ve done by providing this care,” he said. “They gave us this equipment to help with that program.”

Hodge said the uniforms to wear day-to-day at the stations are made out of a fire-resistant material. “It’s another layer of protection for my firefighters,” Hodge said.

Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, is a 382-unit fast-casual restaurant chain.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the mission to provide funding, live-saving equipment and educational opportunities to aid first-responders. Through the non-profit 501 (c) (3), Firehouse Subs has given more than $2.2 million to hometown heroes, including fire and police departments and EMT organizations.

Hodge praised the company founders. “Firefighters, really anybody in public safety, they want to help people. These two firefighters who started Firehouse Subs still have that desire to help the community and give back. They’re doing it through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation,” Hodge said. “I’d love to shake their hands, and tell them I appreciate what they’re doing across the nation with this foundation.”

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