MEDFORD, Ore. –Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded Ashland Fire & Rescue with a $20,156 grant to fund the purchase of four thermal imaging cameras. The awarded cameras will detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to quickly local victims to provide lifesaving assistance.
“Not only will we use these for fires but we can use these for wildland fires as well finding hotspots. We’ve helped law-enforcement when there’s been a lost child, especially at night. If you’re searching in an area, you can find people with these things because they stand out,” said Kelly Burns, a Battalion Chief and paramedic for Ashland Fire & Rescue.
The money is raised through restaurant fundraising, including the sales of five-gallon pickle buckets that are available at the Firehouse Subs restaurant locations, donation canisters on register counters and Firehouse Subs’ “Round Up Program,” which allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.
Any fire department, law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations, non-profits and schools can apply for a grant for lifesaving equipment through an online application.
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