Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to the City of LaVergne Special Operations team and the Smyrna Fire Department during a joint ceremony.
The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Firehouse Subs in Smyrna, located at 337 Sam Ridley Parkway.
The equipment, worth more than $25,000, includes a Polaris Ranger awarded to LaVergne's Special Operations Team.
"This donation from Firehouse Subs greatly improves our ability to serve our parks system with medical first responders. Also it will greatly improve off-road rural area response in medical and rescue situations," said Rick McCormick, emergency services coordinator of LaVergne.
It is equipped with a hitch, pre-runner kit, a trailer and landscaping cage worth $16,814. The donated vehicle greatly increases the city's rescue capability in response to off-road incidents and the transportation of victims. The Smyrna Fire Department received five QRae II gas detectors and five Auto Rae starter kits worth $8,517. The detectors will assist the department in identifying carbon monoxide in victim‚s and fellow firefighter's blood stream.
"The commitment that Firehouse Subs shows to our communities is phenomenal. They have always been willing to step up and help," La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley said. "Even though Firehouse Subs is not physically located in our city, they are like family to us and we truly appreciate their support."
The founders' 200-year firefighting heritage inspired the formation of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, resources and support to public safety entities.
Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated $228,116 to public safety entities in Tennessee and more than $3.5 million to hometown heroes nationwide.
"We are truly serving subs and saving lives," said Mark Watson, franchisee of the Smyrna Firehouse Subs location. "Our Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation's support of our local heroes impacts us all."