SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in conjunction with the Leary Firefighters Foundation is supporting the ongoing recovery of a community devastated by disaster with a $35,000 grant awarded to the Seaside Heights Fire Department. The funds, raised through Firehouse Subs restaurants, will purchase a new air fill station and air bottles, which will provide firefighters breathable air during emergencies, allowing members to stay on task and serve their community safely. A check and equipment presentation will take place at 12 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Seaside Heights Fire Department, located at 116 Sherman Avenue. Attendees include the men and women of Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. One, Seaside Heights elected officials, representatives from the Leary Firefighters Foundation and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Executive Director Robin Peters.
The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. One marked its 100th year of service in 2013. From its inception, the Fire Company has been a volunteer organization, operating under a small municipal budget and the generosity of the local community through fundraisers. The past two years have been especially difficult on this department of 50 volunteer men and women, due mostly to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Funtown Boardwalk fire in 2013. The Seaside Heights firefighters’ unwavering commitment to protect their community despite financial limitations and disaster resonates with both the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, whose mission is to provide first responders and public safety organizations with lifesaving equipment needed to protect and save lives, as well as with the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
“The Seaside Heights Fire Department has faced enormous challenges in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and most recently the boardwalk fire,” said Denis Leary, President of The Leary Firefighters Foundation. “Volunteer fire departments like this one help keep so many of our communities safe without adequate equipment and resources. Thanks to our friends at Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the equipment provided by their grant will assist the Seaside Heights Fire Department with their recovery, and we’re grateful for their support.”
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Many first responders make do with older equipment and have limited or no access to needed resources, but Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given $10.1 million to hometown heroes in 41 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $74,000 in New Jersey.