MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A sandwich chain is donating thousands of dollars to local first responders to help pay for new life-saving hardware.  Grants are headed to organizations throughout Mobile County.  Members of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will award nearly $43,000  worth of equipment at an event at 10:30 this morning at their McGowan Park location.  

Here’s more information from a news release:

The below provides a brief description of the grant awards being celebrated at the March 12 event:

* City of Mobile Fire-Rescue Department received five gas detectors and other air quality management equipment designed to protect firefighters and reduce exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens. The department responds to more than 700 structure fires a year, and the new tools will significantly decrease inhalation of toxic fumes.

* University of South Alabama Department of EMS Education received CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training equipment, including 32 skill guides; five AED trainers and accessories; four CPR manikins; and an upgrade kit. Last year, the department trained more than 1,470 first responders, teachers, students and healthcare professionals in Mobile and Baldwin County. The new equipment will allow the department to continue providing lifesaving instructionand training to the community in CPR and AED use according to American Heart Association (AHA) standard guidelines.

* Prichard Fire Department received hoses and three thermal imaging cameras. The awarded hoses will replace the one currently in use, which is over seven years old; the awarded cameras will detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims and provide lifesaving assistance.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation News Release