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Lifesaving Grant Awarded to Columbia Fire

Grant will provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to senior citizens in Hopkins

The Columbia Fire Department is proud to announce the award of a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for $7,885.00. This grant was used to purchase 300 smoke and 200 carbon monoxide alarms that will be distributed primarily to senior citizens in the Hopkins community.

Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins said, “This grant gives us the resources to better protect the members of our community by actively trying to prevent the loss of lives and property through the use of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms”.

“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation aims to recognize and respond to needs in the community,” said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications Jackie Gubbins. “Through the Foundation, we’re able to provide departments, and in turn the community, with equipment such as the awarded smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that they might not be able to obtain if it weren’t for our organization. It’s an honor to know we’re helping save lives.”

We encourage all citizens to have properly installed and working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed in their homes. Please visit our website at www.colafire.net for more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as an on-line request form for fire department installation services.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $29.5 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $285,000 in New York.