Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Donates EMS ATV to City
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Alexandria, La. (October 6, 2020) — Thanks to a grant award from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the Alexandria Fire Department has a new piece of lifesaving equipment to help protect Alexandria residents.
The Alexandria Fire Department received a grant of $29,108.72 to purchase a Polaris 1000 XP Ranger Emergency Medical Service ATV. Unlike a standard ATV, the Emergency Medical Service model includes emergency lights and siren, a PA system, storage racks, chainsaw mounts, a front-mounted 4,500-pound winch and rescue lighting. Installed in the rear of the vehicle is a compact rescue skid with attendant seat for medical response.
“We will be able to use this EMS ATV to assist with medical emergencies at outdoor events, we can use it for high water and flood rescues, dive and rescue recovery activities, and search and rescue deployments for the city or in conjunction with parish or statewide efforts,” said Alexandria Fire Chief Larry King. “While the Alexandria Fire Department is the recipient of this very useful tool, our entire region will benefit as we will be able to provide this Polaris EMS ATV in times of need. The entire AFD family would like to thank the Hoge family, Firehouse Subs and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for all of their support and their investment in the public safety of Central Louisiana.”
The local Firehouse Subs location on MacArthur Drive is owned by the Hoge family: Cal Hoge, his son Brian Hoge and daughter Heather Pitts. “This donation is all possible because of the generosity of this community,” said Brian Hoge, adding that when customers round up their purchase or buy pickle buckets the funds generated go to the charity.
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides funding resources, lifesaving equipment, prevention education, training and disaster relief support to first responders and public safety organizations. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $53 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization by Charity Navigator. Their highest designation. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70 percent of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand.
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EMS ATV: Alexandria Fire Department EMS Director Jason Hebert displays the EMS ATV purchased with funds from a $29,000 grant during a press briefing Tuesday morning at Firehouse Subs on MacArthur Drive. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded The Alexandria Fire Department a grant of more than $29,000 to purchase an EMS ATV. The customized Polaris ATV will be used for outdoor events as well as search and rescue missions.
Firehouse Subs Donation: Alexandria Fire Chief Larry King (far right) thanks the local owners of Firehouse Subs as well as the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the $29,000 grant used to purchase a customized Polaris EMS ATV during a ceremony Tuesday morning at Firehouse Subs on MacArthur Drive. Pictured are (from left) Alexandria City Council Vice President Joe Fuller, Alexandria City Councilman Chuck Fowler, Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall, Firehouse Subs owner Brian Hoge, Firehouse Subs owner Cal Hoge, Firehouse Subs owner Heather Pitts and AFD Chief King.
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