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Sub shop gives back to local first responders

By Press Staff

SUAMICO – Local fire departments received some new equipment thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Fire departments from Howard, Suamico and Mosinee each received specialized equipment they applied for through the foundation.

Robin Peters, the foundation’s executive director, said last quarter 850 public safety departments across the country applied for the grants with 141 being approved.

“Most assume first responders have the tools they need to save lives. The truth is that many times they are using older technology and even outdated equipment,” she said. “We want to be sure they have the best tools and training to protect themselves and their communities.”

The Howard Fire Department received a respirator fit tester and adapter valued at $13,925.

“This equipment measures the feel (firefighters) get and ensures our firefighters get protection from smoke and items of combustion,” said Don Phillips, department chief.

Studies show that firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths compared to the general population.

The equipment will limit exposure to toxins and carcinogens produced by smoke.

The Suamico Fire Department received a variety of ballistic protective equipment valued at $9,536.

“This will ensure that our crews that are going into a hostile event will be coming out safely,” said Troy Noe, department chief.

The equipment includes eight armor carrier vests, insert plates, ballistic helmets, helmet liners and 16 identification panels.

The Mosinee Fire District received a pulse oximeter monitoring device that measures carbon monoxide levels and heart rate, valued at $4,160.

Firehouse co-owner Sheila Brenwall said her family chose to open a Firehouse Subs because of the work they do to provide emergency equipment to first responders.

“That was a great part for us, giving back to the community,” Brenwall said. “You don’t see that and we are proud to be giving back through Firehouse Subs.”

Customers at the restaurant have multiple ways to give back when they visit. To date, the foundation has donated $37 million since its inception in 2005.

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