NCFPD awarded lifesaving equipment grant by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Last updated 10/28/2021 at 3:51pm
FALLBROOK – The past year and a half have been difficult for many, impacting first responders and communities across the country. As residents continue to battle health crises and natural disasters, front-line heroes constantly expose themselves to dangerous situations, creating a need for updated lifesaving equipment.
Recognizing this need, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® continues to be a valuable resource for first responders across the nation and recently provided a $26,506 grant to North County Fire Protection District. The funding will be applied toward the purchase of 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community.
“We are grateful to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs in Oceanside for awarding us this grant,” said John Choi, NCFPD Public Information Officer. “Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition in which the heart stops circulating blood throughout the body. According to the American Heart Association, over 350,000 Americans experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on hand, in situations where cardiac arrests could occur, can reduce the response time by about three to five minutes. Our administrative staff will now be equipped with an AED inside staff vehicles and in district facilities while they provide services throughout our community and help the people of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow during these sudden cardiac arrest situations.”
During the most recent grant cycle, the foundation awarded 126 grants to public safety organizations nationwide. The 126 grants totaling nearly $2.7 million were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
To donate and learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.
Submitted by North County Fire Protection District.