Cayce Department of Public Safety awarded $37,685 grant from the Firehouse Subs Foundation

The City of Cayce announced that the Department of Public Safety has been awarded a $37,685.40 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase 15 sets of firefighter bunker gear.

Columbia Firehouse Subs franchise owner Larry Chandler said it’s rewarding to see the money raised go back to people in the community.  “We always feel really good when it comes back to us locally,” he said.  “The Public Safety Foundation is a big part of our business, where we want to make sure we’re giving back to local first responders any way we can.”

Cayce officials were thankful.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Safety is of the utmost importance in the City of Cayce and the additional sets of bunker gear will protect our men and women in Public Safety.” said Mayor Elise Partin.

The new sets of bunker gear will be assigned as a secondary set of gear to Cayce firefighters, increasing efficiency and safety. Secondary sets are important for firefighters because they require thoroughly cleaned gear for each call and if they receive back-to-back calls, they are at risk for wearing contaminated gear. This exposes firefighters to heightened cancer risk and other health problems.

With an additional set of gear, fire personnel will not have to weigh the possibility of another fire call versus wearing contaminated gear because they did not have time to clean it in between calls.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.

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