The Mifflin Township Fire Department and surrounding departments now have access to life-saving tools, thanks to a donation from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The foundation donated $15,700 in equipment Aug. 22 at Mifflin Township Fire Station 131 in Gahanna.
The Multi-Force forcible-entry door system and props will train firefighters in how to forcibly enter locked doors, gaining access to trapped victims in rescue situations.
"Ever-changing construction techniques and increasingly sophisticated security methods have made gaining rapid access increasingly challenging," said Timothy Taylor, Mifflin Township fire chief. "This generous gift ... will make maintaining proficiency and finding new and innovative ways to perform forcible entry more accessible to firefighters and police agencies in central Ohio."
The forcible-entry tools are the only ones of their type and quality in central Ohio, said Lynn Bruno, Mifflin Township's public-information officer. Neighboring fire departments already have visited Station 131 to use them.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created a foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public-safety organizations. The foundation has given $6.8 million to "hometown heroes" in 38 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $251,900 in Ohio.
Each restaurant recycles leftover, 5-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2.
Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit's mission and collect spare change, and the Round Up Program allows guests to round up their bill to the nearest dollar.
All funds raised benefit the foundation.
Firehouse Subs promotes itself as a fast-casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety.
It was founded by former firefighters and brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen.