Fire department receives $38K of lifesaving equipment

This special to the Tribune.

Weaverville – The French Broad Fire Department was the recent recipient of more than $38,000 worth of lifesaving equipment and they were in Weaverville Tuesday morning (Aug. 27th) for the presentation.

The presentation came at the Firehouse Subs in Weaverville where franchiser Dr. Glenda Weinert along with several other representatives of Firehouse Subs were on hand to present the equipment to members of the French Board Fire Department. The medical implements were part of a Firehouse Public Safety Foundation equipment grant awarded to the department.

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. The foundation has granted more than $44 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $1.5 million in this state.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation receives its funding in a couple of ways. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, making them available to guests for a $2 donation to the foundation. There are also donation canisters on register counters explaining the non-profit’s mission, to collect spare change, while the “Round Up” Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the foundation.

The foundation is also the beneficiary of a Charitable Sales Promotion where Firehouse of America (FOA) will donate a sum equivalent to 0.11% of all gross sales with a minimum donation of one million dollars through Dec. 31st, 2019. To donate online and support Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit

After accepting the new life-saving medical devices, the firefighters and emergency workers, along with any of their family members who attended the event, were fed lunch by the restaurant.

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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