From the press release:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to Asheville Fire Department during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the Asheville Fire Department, Station 3. Otherwise unavailable due to fire district budget constraints, the department benefits with a 36-foot trailer for their Technical Rescue Team worth more than $15,000. The donated trailer will serve as a central location for rescue equipment, allowing for a more rapid response in the event of an emergency. On July 28, 2011, Asheville Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire, resulting in the loss of a brother. This trailer is dedicated in honor of Captain Jeffery Bowen who lost his life in the line of duty. Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $300,000 to public safety entities in North Carolina.
Firehouse Subs is renowned for hearty, oversized portions and piping hot subs. The founders’ 200-year firefighting heritage inspired the formation of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, resources and support to public safety entities.
“The loss of Captain Jeffrey Bowen was felt deeply throughout the Asheville area and beyond,” said Robin Peters, executive director of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation “The Firehouse Subs family considers it a great honor to dedicate equipment to honor his memory and the community he bravely served. Captain Bowen’s selfless act to save others will never be forgotten.
Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit’s mission and collect spare change, while the round up program allows guests to literally “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.
The presentation takes place at the Asheville Fire Department located at 50 Oregon Ave., in Asheville. Attendees to the event include local firefighters and their families, franchisees David Flores, Shelton Pace, Monte and Donna Sims, area representative Ray Gowin, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation executive director Robin Peters and development manager Meghan Bender.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the mission to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to aid first-responders. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given more than $3.5 million to hometown heroes, including fire and police departments and EMS organizations.
Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, is a 490-unit fast casual restaurant chain. Firehouse Subs offers oversized portions of premium hand-sliced meats, steamed to make the flavors burst, then piled high with fresh produce atop a toasted sub roll. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage, as well as the founding family’s 200 years of firefighting service.
For more information on Firehouse Subs or this donation, please visit Firehousesubs.com, Facebook.com/firehousesubs or follow on Twitter at @firehousesubs.