Firehouse Subs to donate $17K for Brunswick firefighters

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much-needed gear to the City of Brunswick Fire Department during a ceremony Thursday at the Brunswick Firehouse Subs.

Otherwise unavailable due to fire district budget constraints, the department benefits with eight sets of firefighting turnout gear worth $17,688. The donated items will replace outdated gear and provide firefighters with a safe uniform during training operations and life-threatening situations.

Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $400,000 to public safety entities in Georgia.

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.

"We are truly serving subs and saving lives," said Eddie Wells, franchisee of the Brunswick Firehouse Subs restaurant. "Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the support of our restaurants, is dedicated to equip, educate, and fund first responders."

Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit's mission and collect spare change, while the round up program allows guests to literally "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar.

The presentation will take place at the Firehouse Subs located at 919 Glynn Isles in Brunswick. Attendees to the event include local firefighters and their families, Wells, area representatives Bryan and Mary Paquin, foundation coordinator Jacquelyn Gubbins and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation development manager Meghan Bender.