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OFS gets dollars for life-saving equipment

By Aly Beach/The Oshawa Express

City of Oshawa Fire Services has received a donation of more than $21,000 for a batch of much needed safety equipment.

“It is life-saving equipment, but it is life-saving equipment to keep our first responders safe,” said Alex Gerzon, area representative and franchisee of Oshawa’s Firehouse Subs as he presented the cheque to OFS.

The $21,187 cheque provides money for new particulate filtering fire fighting hoods, which prevent fire fighters from inhaling toxic fumes and protects the face and neck. The new balaclavas will replace outdated gear.

The money is a result of a fundraising initiative by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada through donation canisters in their restaurants. The recycled five-gallon pickle buckets allow customers a chance to donate at the counter, and the Firehouse Subs’ Round Up Program, allows customers to round up the amount of their bill to the nearest dollar.

The Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation started in the United States with the goal of providing funding, equipment and education to first responders and public safety organizations. In 2015, the first Canadian Firehouse Subs opened in Oshawa. According to Firehouse Subs, the fund has been able to donate over $207,000 to first responders and public safety organizations throughout Canada.

“We have life-saving technology that we use for residents…These are pieces of life-saving equipment for our firefighters, these are the women and gentlemen who are coming to save you,” said City of Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark.