Firehouse Subs Donates Equipment to the City of Milton Fire Department

Published on October 16, 2013 with No Comments

The City of Milton Fire Department was recently awarded a generous grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase rescue equipment.  The sandwich chain donated $13,270.00 to purchase a Hurst e-Draulic combination rescue tool.  This tool, commonly known as the “Jaws of Life” is used to cut and spread metal and other materials to rescue entrapped victims from vehicle accidents, building collapse, and similar situations.

This particular tool is a battery powered version of the hydraulic extrication equipment that the department currently carries on its rescue vehicle.  This new tool will be carried on the first-due fire engine.  Unlike existing equipment, the new tool is not tethered to a power unit by hydraulic hoses, and can be deployed anywhere, even inside of a burning building to rescue trapped firefighters.

“This tool has the same power as our existing units,” said Fire Chief John E. Reble.  “This unique equipment is invaluable in emergency situations where extrication is necessary,” he said.

A formal presentation and dedication program was held on October 1 at the local Firehouse Subs in Gateway Plaza on Caroline Street, in front of the store’s mural depicting the City of Milton Fire Department fighting the 2009 Caroline Street Fire.  Store owner Tony Pietsch expressed his appreciation for the relationship he has with the City of Milton Fire Department.  The walls of his Milton store are adorned with images of the members and equipment of the City of Milton Fire Department through the years, images donated by the department.

“The fire department received a great gift today that will help them continue to save lives,” said Mayor Guy Thompson at the presentation. “It’s remarkable when you think of their response times all across the city.  The fire department beats the ambulance a lot of the time.”

Firehouse Subs collects donations and sells five-gallon pickle buckets to raise funds to support their Public Safety Foundation.  During the month of October, stores throughout the country also sell medallions to raise funds.  According to Robin Peters, Public Safety Foundation Executive Director, the organization has donated $7.7 million to hometown heroes since 2005.

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