Firehouse Subs donates new emergency vehicle to Scottsdale Fire Department

The Scottsdale Fire Department has received an all-terrain vehicle for emergency medical situations from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (Photo courtesy of SFD)

The Scottsdale Fire Department, through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, will receive an all-terrain vehicle with a patient transport kit valued at $29,176.

Continuing its mission of impacting the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities, the Firehouse Subs foundation will celebrate $233,987 worth of lifesaving equipment grants awarded to greater Phoenix-area first responders on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The foundation’s longstanding commitment to public safety in Arizona is evident in the more than $1.4 million awarded to the state’s first responders since inception, according to a press release.

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Scottsdale Fire Department’s awarded equipment will enable firefighters to administer aid in emergency medical situations more quickly and efficiently, providing support in areas impassable by traditional emergency vehicles and allowing them to quickly transport victims to a hospital or ambulance, the press release stated.

Arizona Public Service, the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity, has recognized the foundation’s efforts. For five years in a row, APS has partnered with the non-profit, donating a total of $200,000 to ensure first responders serving its territory have the best tools and technology and are adequately protected.

The company’s 2018 contribution of $50,000 is responsible for three of the grants being celebrated at the Feb. 13 event.

“The Foundation and APS’ commitment to our hometown heroes really brought the two organizations together,” Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Development Meghan Vargas said in a prepared statement. “We’re truly grateful for APS’ continuous support, allowing us to give back to more organizations and save more lives in Arizona.”

In addition to Scottsdale’s new equipment, the below encapsulates the APS funded grant awards being celebrated at the Feb. 13 event, including a brief description of equipment use and value:

  • Eagar Fire Department received 20 helmets valued at $5,595. The awarded helmets will improve firefighter safety and help prevent injury.
  • Eagar Police Department received six body armor carriers with rifle plates and six ballistic helmets valued at $4,961. The awarded equipment will help protect officers and the community during hostile emergency situations.
  • Sedona Fire Department received 80 high visibility jackets and vests valued at $28,584. The main highways and interstate corridors that run through the department’s response area will see over three million travelers annually; the awarded outerwear will increase visibility and safety for tourists, citizens and firefighters alike.

The following grants will also be celebrated at the event:

  • Apache Junction Police Department received 12 SWAT headsets valued at $3,971. The awarded headsets will record all department interviews, ensuring officer safety, accurate reporting and court proceedings, and civil rights for interviewees.
  • Carefree Fire Department received one rescue basket and accessories valued at $3,659. The awarded equipment will improve response time and ensure victim and firefighter safety during mountain rescue missions.
  • Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority received two automated chest compression devices valued at $17,031. The organization answered over 200 cardiac arrest calls last year, and the awarded devices will assist first responders by delivering uninterrupted chest compressions at a constant rate and depth to cardiac arrest patients, helping improve a patient’s chance of survival. City of Maricopa Fire Department also received an automated chest compression device valued at $17,612.
  • City of Buckeye Police Department received three tactical intruder shields with LED lights valued at $7,130. The awarded shields will protect officers and citizens in the line of duty during hostile emergency situations.
  • Congress Fire District received a variety of rope rescue equipment valued at $15,939. The awarded equipment will aid the district on mountain rescue missions, ensuring the safety of firefighters and victims.
  • Glendale Fire Department received two portable radios, software and accessories valued at $15,730. The awarded equipment will replace out-of-date technology, improving communication between the fire department, Glendale’s public information officer and the community, ensuring citizens are aware and prepared in emergency situations.
  • Guadalupe Fire Department received two thermal imaging cameras and accessories valued at $19,455. The awarded cameras will be used to detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to locate victims and provide lifesaving assistance.
  • Jerome Fire Department received five sets of bunker gear valued at $16,801, Regional Fire & Rescue Department received 10 sets of bunker gear valued at $25,000 and Verde Valley Fire District received seven sets valued at $23,343. While providing fire and emergency services to the community, the awarded gear will safeguard firefighter health, safety and well-being.

Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the foundation, the press release stated. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.

The foundation is also the beneficiary of a charitable sales promotion where Firehouse of America will donate a sum equivalent to 0.11 percent of all gross sales with a minimum donation of $1 million through Dec. 31.

To donate online and support Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit

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