‘Be outside when we arrive’ fire safety message

Markham Fire and Emergency Services received a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada in the amount of $4,953.

The cheque presentation took place at Firehouse Subs Markham in early December.

The grant will be used to help fund fire safety messages on MFES firetrucks with the messaging, “Be Outside When We Arrive. Plan 2 Ways Out.” An official unveiling event of the design on the trucks will be in January at Station 97 at 209 Main Street.

“This design will be displayed on the rear passenger side of each of our trucks,” Markham Fire Chief Dave Decker said. “The message, be outside when we arrive, is critical. In the event of a fire, it’s important you get out – have two ways out, and call us. We are proud to receive this grant. Thank you Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada.”

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs co-founders Chris and Robin Sorensen, who were also former firefighters, established Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the US. with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations.

In 2015, the company opened its first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Canada, and the registered charity, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada, was born. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has granted more than $847,000 to hometown heroes in Canada.

Firehouse Subs restaurants also offer a number of in-store fundraising initiatives such as the Round Up Program, which allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the foundation.

The mission of Firehouse Subs is to carry on its commitment to and passion for hearty and flavourful food, heartfelt service and public safety.

There are currently 1,170 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The 9750 Markham Road Firehouse Subs location opened in late 2018.

Photo: Cheque presentation from Firehouse Subs to Markham Fire and Emergency Services. Fire Chief Dave Decker (left) was happy to receive the grant which will be used to help fund fire safety messages on MFES firetrucks. Ward 6 Councillor Amanda Collucci (second from right) also attended the grant presentation.

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