Helping ‘hometown heroes’ improve safety

An inflatable fire safety education house that will help members of the community plan their escape in the event of a fire and that is accessible for people with disabilities promises to help ensure a safer community.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services is purchasing the safety education house with a $15,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada. The house will be used to provide an interactive fun fire safety learning experience and educate the community on smoke alarms, candles, kitchen safety and space heaters.

The wrath of Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in more than 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage in 2005, especially in the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas, inspired the founders of Firehouse Subs to establish the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the U.S. in 2005.

Ten years later, with the opening of the first Canadian restaurant in 2015, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada was established. The registered charity has since donated more than $1.2 million to the ‘hometown heroes’ in Canada. The Foundation raises money through the sale of five-gallon pickle buckets at each restaurant and donation containers on register counters that invite patrons to ‘round up’ their bill to the nearest dollar.

“We are committed to helping organizations such as Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services continue their lifesaving work within local communities,” executive director Robin Peter says. “We are honoured to be able to award this grant and do our part to ensure that the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is safer for everyone, including first responders.”

Photo: An example of an inflatable safety education house similar to one that Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services will purchase.

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