Lugoff, S.C. (Monday March 13, 2017) The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LFR) with an $8,637.60 grant to purchase 8 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s).
AED’s are medical devices that can allow trained medical first responders to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest patient back into a normal rhythm. Studies have shown that every 1 ½ minutes in the United States someone dies due to sudden cardiac arrest. The only way to improve this is to have early access to an AED. Every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.
This grant will allow LFR to equip 13 fire apparatus and vehicles with an AED, including command vehicles. Prior to this grant award, LFR only had 5 AED equipped apparatus. The additional AED’s increase the probability that when someone has a cardiac emergency, this life-saving technology with be within minutes away. The AED’s were received the week of March 6th 2017 and placed into service immediately.
“Our goal for the past 3 years has been to secure funding to place an AED on every Department vehicle in our fleet since there is potential for need and use of an AED anywhere our vehicles go. I am very pleased to announce to our community that we have achieved this goal thanks to the Firehouse Subs Foundation Grant. No doubt, this is a prime example of the life-saving equipment this grant was created to fund and we are ecstatic that we now have an AED on all of our fleet vehicles. We will continue to seek federal, state, local, and private grant and community funding to support our mission of saving lives in Lugoff” said Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed 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 inception, the non-profit organization has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.2 million in South Carolina.