The Green Oak Charter Township Fire Department and the Howell Area Fire Department both received grants from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase chest compression systems.
These systems assist firefighters by delivering uninterrupted chest compressions at a constant rate and depth to cardiac arrest patients, helping improve the chance of survival. Research shows mechanically controlled compressions sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions.
The Green Oak system is valued at $15,026, and the Howell system is valued at $20,046.
These grants are part of $266,513 in life-saving equipment recently awarded throughout the greater Detroit area by Firehouse Subs restaurants and donors. Each restaurant recycles leftover 5-gallon pickle buckets made available for a $2 donation to the FireHouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. There are also donation canisters on register counters that collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar, which goes to the Foundation. The Foundation is also the beneficiary of a Charitable Sales Promotion where Firehouse of America (FOA) will donate to the Foundation a sum equivalent to 0.13% of all gross sales with a minimum donation of $1MM through Dec. 31, 2018.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs Founders Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they returned home, 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 $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $803,000 in Michigan.