The Russellville Fire Department has received $20,000 worth of firefighting gear from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The gear includes a thermal imaging camera, stabilizer jacks to go with the jaws of life, four sets of turnout gear, hose fittings and a hydrant tool bag.
“Our mission is to improve the lifesaving capabilities of our local heroes in the communities we serve,” said Foundation Programs Manager Jacquelyn Gubbins.
The gear was awarded during a presentation at the Firehouse Subs Eastgate location on July 13.
Russellville Mayor Amy Rau told those assembled that “The Russellville Fire Department is a volunteer fire department. To see the fire department grow and to receive these kinds of things is amazing. All of those things will go a long way. Those are things we could not afford in our community without this grant. On behalf of the fire department and myself, we sure do appreciate it.”
The Union Township Fire Department in Clermont County also received 223 carbon monoxide detectors worth $4992.
Pierce Township of Clermont County received extrication equipment worth $9747.
The total commitment from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for local fire departments was $34,739.
Gubbins said that seventy percent of the funding for the foundation comes from employees and customers in local restaurants.
“Because of the hard work of these crew members and the generosity of all of our Firehouse Subs guests, we are able to make a difference and we are honored to do so,” she said.
The foundation has contributed over 20 million dollars to 1400 public safety organizations since its inception in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.