Firehouse Subs donates $75,000 to Newton, Granville Township fire departments

Two Licking County fire departments are now equipped with new lifesaving tools, thanks to grants totaling more than $75,000 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. To celebrate the receipt of these grants, Newton Township Fire Chief Doug Smith and Granville Township Fire Chief Casey Curtis joined local franchisee Troy Jones at his Firehouse Subs restaurant on North 21st Street in Newark on Sept. 27 for an acknowledgement ceremony.

The Newton Township Fire Department responds to an average of 700 calls per year throughout Licking County and neighboring communities, working diligently to fulfill their promise of providing "fast, compassionate and professional service" to their community. Yet their outdated, often dysfunctional extrication equipment was slowing them down and creating unnecessary risk.

With a $35,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the Newton Township Fire Department purchased a new set of lifesaving extrication tools – a Homaltro cutter, spreader and ram – which are ready at the push of a button and have enough power to quickly and safely cut through today’s tough metals.

The Granville Fire Department is also celebrating a $40,000 grant received last year from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The grant allowed them to purchase a similar set of extrication tools, as well as Paratech fire and rescue equipment.

A portion of every purchase made at U.S. Firehouse Subs restaurants is donated to provide the funding for these grant awards.

To date, the Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $3.6 million to first responder organizations across Ohio, including more than $1 million in the greater Columbus area.