The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated $79,895 in equipment grants to area fire and rescue associations, including fire departments in Manassas and Manassas Park.
City of Manassas Park Fire and Rescue received two automatic transport ventilators with vent circuits worth $13,751. The awarded equipment will assist first responders by delivering uninterrupted ventilation at a consistent rate, helping improve a patient’s chance of survival.
Manassas City Police Department received a tactical police robot worth $26,300. The SWAT team will utilize the robot to remotely search hostile and dangerous environments and structures during tactical operations.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Loudoun County Police Department, and U.S. Park Police also received equipment grants.
The grant money is made possible by Firehouse Subs customers who decide to pay extra at the time they purchase their meals.
From a public relations representative for Firehouse Subs:
All 1,000+ Firehouse Subs restaurants fundraise for the Foundation year-round. If you’ve ever eaten there, they’ll ask you if you’d like to “Round Up” your purchase to the nearest dollar at checkout. If so, that money goes back to providing equipment to public safety organizations and first responders in need. They also sell recycled pickle buckets for $2 and have general collection canisters at registers — all benefitting the brand’s non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.