Highfill Fire Department awarded lifesaving equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Submitted photo Highfill fire chief Cody Wynne (left), Bobby Stevens (Firehouse Subs franchisee), former Highfill fire chief Gene Holland and Doug Burnett and Stephanie Chase of Firehouse Subs pose for a photo with the emergency extrication equipment donated to the Highfill Fire Department by Firehouse Subs on Feb. 22 at the Firehouse Subs location in Bentonville.

HIGHFILL -- On average, there are more than 500 fatal motor vehicle crashes reported annually in Arkansas, according to data provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Thanks to a $24,885 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for vehicle extrication equipment, the local heroes of the Highfill Fire Department will be better equipped to save the lives of Benton County citizens.

On Feb. 22, fire chief Cody Wynne of the Highfill Fire Department joined Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Firehouse Subs franchisee Bobby Stevens at Firehouse Subs at 3511 J Street in Bentonville to celebrate and proudly demonstrate the department's newest lifesaving equipment during an in-person ceremony.

Awarded $24,885 for extrication equipment, the tools will assist first responders by dramatically reducing the time it takes them to safely and efficiently extricate victims involved in motor vehicle accidents. The equipment will also give the department the capability to respond to complex incidents involving heavy trucks, as well as cut and spread ultra-hardened steels found in newer vehicles.

Proceeds from purchases made at U.S. Firehouse Subs restaurants provided the funding for this grant award.

To date, Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $901,000 to first responder organizations across Arkansas and more than $477,000 in the greater Fort Smith area.

About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs is a restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety. Founded in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1994 by two brothers and former firefighters, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot and hearty subs piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Driven by the passion of more than 400 Firehouse Subs franchisees to serve their local communities, for the fourth consecutive year, based on recent Technomic Insight consumer data, Firehouse Subs was named the No.1 brand in the restaurant industry that "Supports Local Community Activities." This year, Firehouse of America and Firehouse Subs suppliers will together donate a portion of purchases at Firehouse Subs locations to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of lifesaving equipment, with a minimum donation of $1 million.

To learn more, visit http://www.firehousesubs.com.