FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department, Belleville Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department and Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department were awarded more than $67,000.00 of life-saving equipment, made possible by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Springfield Fire Department Chief Carlo Palumbo said. "It is with profound gratitude that we accept the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Grant. The extrication equipment we purchased will be a huge asset to our Department as well as the community we serve."
At a celebration at Firehouse Subs in The Plaza, Columbia Turnpike, fire fighters, local officials and residents gathered along with, Executive Director of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Robin Peters, area representative, Ever Santana and Firehouse Subs Franchisees James Fabris and Ashesh Patel were on hand to present to the fire departments. Live demonstrations were held to educate the community on the importance of having such equipment.
"The event was a great success. The grant recipients were very grateful to be awarded the equipment. and felt that the equipment will greatly help them to service their community better as a result. We feel very proud to be a part of the Firehouse family and help raise funds for the foundation," said Chingal Patel. She and husband Ashesh are owners of the Firehouse Subs in Florham Park and hosts of this special event.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing 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 hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $340,000 in New Jersey.