The Guthrie Fire Department will receive a new rescue boat and trailer worth $24,910 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation tomorrow during a press event at 2:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Subs restaurant located at 2410 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
The event will incorporate a donation ceremony, as well as live demonstrations from receiving departments, explaining the importance of the equipment and how it will be used to
save lives. Residents and Firehouse Subs guests are invited to join the celebration and see
firsthand how their generous contributions have come full circle to provide much-needed equipment in their community.
"It feels great to be able to give back to those who put their life on the line
everyday to protect us," said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Development Meghan Vargas. "First responders are truly our community's heroes."
"The rescue boat will greatly enhance our water rescue capabilities, not just here in Guthrie, but in the entire region," said City of Guthrie Fire-EMS Fire Chief Eric Harlow.
"It was a much needed piece of equipment that will truly assist in our mission of saving lives."
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, 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 inception, the non-profit organization has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $562,000 in Oklahoma.