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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to Rendon Fire Department during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in Burleson.

Otherwise unavailable due to budget constraints, the department benefits with a thermal imaging camera worth more than $12,100. The donated camera will detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, allowing firefighters to reach victims in half the time and put out deadly fires.

Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $412,400 to public safety entities in Texas.

“We’re honored to provide this equipment in order to protect our firefighters and citizens,” said Paula Raymond, franchisee of the Burleson Firehouse Subs restaurant. “The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation in the best way possible, by giving back.”

Firehouse Subs is renowned for hearty, oversized portions and piping hot subs. The founders’ 200-year firefighting heritage inspired the formation of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, resources and support to public safety entities. Throughout the month of October, all Firehouse Subs restaurants will celebrate Fire Safety Month by encouraging patrons to purchase $1 and  $5 medallions in order to raise much-needed funds for the Foundation. Guests who purchase a medallion will receive a free Duracell® 9-volt battery for their home smoke detector while supplies last.

Each restaurant also recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit’s mission and collect spare change, while the round up program allows guests to literally “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.

The presentation takes place at the Firehouse Subs located at 12650 South Freeway in Burleson. Attendees to the event include local firefighters and their families, franchisee Paula Raymond, area representative Ryan Franklin, and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation development manager Meghan Bender.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the mission to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to aid first-responders. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given more than $5.2 million to hometown heroes, including fire and police departments and EMS organizations.

Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, is a 536-unit fast casual restaurant chain. Firehouse Subs offers oversized portions of premium hand-sliced meats, steamed to make the flavors burst, then piled high with fresh produce atop a toasted sub roll. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage, as well as the founding family’s 200 years of firefighting service.

For more information on Firehouse Subs or this donation, please visit or follow on Twitter at @firehousesubs or @savinglives.

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