Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Awards Grant To Hoods For Heroes
Funds Will Purchase 250 Hoods For Firefighters
Orange Park, Fla. — The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Hoods For Heroes, funding the purchase of at least 250 Particulate Barrier Hoods for firefighters. These hoods are an important safety tool to prevent cancerous chemicals from reaching the sensitive head and neck areas, where skin is the thinnest. Firefighters face literally hundreds of toxic chemicals in a typical fire.
“This grant gives us the ability to get these protective hoods to our firefighters much quicker,” said Hoods For Heroes CEO Jeff Rountree. “The earlier we can get these lifesaving hoods to our first responders, the better.”
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was launched in 2005 after Firehouse Subs and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, witnessed the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Foundation raises funds to award lifesaving equipment; support prevention education; fund scholarships and continued education; and provide support for the military and disaster relief efforts. Grants are made to first responders and non-profit organizations through a rigorous application process reviewed by the Foundation’s board of directors.
“The Foundation’s and Hoods for Heroes’ commitment to helping our hometown heroes really brought the two organizations together,” said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Development Meghan Vargas.“We’re inspired and grateful for the work Hoods for Heroes does for first responders, and we’re proud to aid their efforts and protect the health and well-being of our firefighters.”
“Cancer among firefighters has become an epidemic, with about 2 in 3 expected to develop cancer during their careers,” noted President of Hoods For Heroes Bill Hamilton. “It’s a tremendous danger for those who are already risking their lives while they protect their communities. Hoods For Heroes was created to reduce that risk with these protective hoods. They literally can save lives.”
Firefighters across the U.S. are at a six to eight times higher risk for cancers than the general population. In 2016 alone, cancer caused 70% of line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters and is now the leading cause of death, according to the International Association of Firefighters. The hoods reduce the risk of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals and soot by over 99%.
With this grant, Hoods For Heroes has donated more than 1,000 hoods to fire departments in Florida. Many additional requests have already come from other states across the U.S.
“The hoods are expensive and many departments simply do not have the funds to purchase them,” Rountree noted. “That is why this grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is so critical. We can get these hoods in the hands of those who need them much faster.”
About Hoods For Heroes
Hoods For Heroes is a national non-profit with a passion for protecting the first responders. They were founded with the mission of providing life-saving equipment to the men and women of the fire service. Partnered with more 50 fire service-related and private organizations, HFH provides support, awareness and equipment to reduce the rate of cancer throughout the fire service. For more information, visit www.HoodsForHeroes.org or @Hoodsforheroes on social media.
About Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $42 million to hometown heroes in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Greer Hackett/Tori Andrews
The Zimmerman Agency
850.668.2222 • FirehouseSubs@Zimmerman.com
Hoods For Heroes
904.887.2187 • bill@HoodsForHereos.org
904.524.0170 • kim@DeppeCommunications.com