Special to the Opelika Observer
The City of Opelika Fire Department announced yesterday that it has received a $16,782 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has been used to purchase Holmatro extrication equipment, comprising of lifting-bag kits and accessories.
In the city’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible emergency services, the addition of this lifting equipment will vastly improve capabilities in life-safety and emergency operations. Not only will these lifting bags be a vital component in vehicular accident response and extrication, but they will also serve in emergencies involving structural collapse and other miscellaneous incidents where the raising of excessive weight is necessary.
“This equipment purchase will be a vital addition to our rescue/extrication abilities, and we sincerely appreciate Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for this generous contribution to our community”, said OFD Chief Byron Prather.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $37.7 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $2 million in Alabama.
For more information, visit www.opelika-al.gov.