The North Dundas Fire Service received a Lifesaving Equipment Grant of $20,340 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada. The grant will be used to purchase a Briggs & Stratton Natural Gas Standby Generator, which will be used to power the South Mountain fire station in the event of a major power outage, assisting in ensuring firefighters are able to provide immediate response in a crisis with reliable equipment.
The grant was one of 10 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada awarded to public safety organizations during the most recent grant application period. The 10 grants total more than $221,000.
Al Armstrong, Deputy Mayor and North Dundas Fire Commissioner, stated, “We are so very grateful to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada for awarding our fire department such an incredible grant! This generator will enable us to provide many of the necessities of life to our citizens should we suffer another event such as the ice storm, or anything that leads to prolonged loss of power or other services. As Deputy Mayor and Fire Commissioner, I extend our deepest thank you to the Foundation! I would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Honey, of Morewood, and Jess Manley (Township of North Dundas) for their amazing efforts in making our application a successful reality! Thank you all!”
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the U.S. with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Ten years later, with the opening of the first Canadian Firehouse Subs restaurant in 2015, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada was born. Through this registered charity (BN/Registration #83145 2990), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has granted more than $1.2M to hometown heroes in Canada.
“We are committed to helping organizations such as North Dundas Fire continue their lifesaving work within local communities. We are honored to be able to award this grant and do our part to ensure that North Dundas is safer for everyone, including first responders,” said Robin Peters, executive director, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada.
The North Dundas Fire Service is constituted of four fire stations, solely made up of volunteer firefighters within the North Dundas community. The team responds to not only fires, but medical emergencies, vehicular collisions, gas leaks, and more. All firefighters are on-call 24/7, attend regular training sessions, and make an effort to be a positive community presence. In addition to their duties as firefighters, our volunteers provide outreach through local programs and events, public service announcements online and in print, and offering fire prevention training programs at the local elementary and secondary schools.