Ebenezer Fire Protection District receives grant for new gear from Firehouse Subs

Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 5:56 AM CST
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Worn and outdated gear will soon be replaced at one local fire district.

"This one is 2004, it's even older, this one is well outside the range of being to be worn on a call," Captain Ashlee Parker, with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District, said.

"When they do expire like that, it puts us at risk of being burned or being not as reflective. It doesn't meet the new standards so it really puts our firefighters at risk to have a monotonous expired gear."

The Ebenezer Fire Protection District has made due with worn and outdated gear for a while.

"It starts to have a breakdown because it's been washed so many times, it's been used on calls, it's been exposed to heat, maybe chemicals all kinds of different things," Parker said.

Now firefighters are getting an upgrade.

"It definitely makes you feel a lot more safe, we've all got families that we want to go home to," Parker said.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is granting six new turnout gear for firefighters costing almost $15,000

"The difference is really lives saved, being six sets of gear, that will be six firefighters that will be on the streets, in the trucks, in the burning house, it's a direct benefit not only to the department but to the residents and visitors of the district," Parker said.

Customer donations at Firehouse Subs are funding the new gear.

"When costumers come in and we ask them to roundup this is exactly where the money goes," Jason Pullman, Franchisee owner, of Firehouse Subs, said.

When firefighters suit up with the new gear it will be a supportive reminder that the community wants them to stay safe every day.

"We want to make sure we're safe and we're going home at the end of the day and that's what helps us do our job, Parker said. "If we have that stuff and our equipment keeping us safe, we're that much more comfortable to be able to go out on the roadways, go out on the houses and be aggressive and do what we need to do to save lives."

The new gear will arrive in late February or early March.