The Cookeville Fire Department has been named a recipient of a $25,113 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and local Cookeville stores.
Chief Benton Young said that the funds will be used to purchase an inflatable rescue raft, helmets, personal flotation devices, tow tethers, and throw rope bags, as well as wetsuits to fulfill a critical need within the community.
“People don’t always think about Cookeville and water rescues but we have a lot of lakes, ponds, even when we have flooding situations we have water rescues,” Young said. “So it’ll really help us in the future. And it’s equipment that we really needed but was not at the top of our list, so this will really help us fill that gap.”
Young said that the grant from Firehouse Subs will allow the department to better serve and protect the Cookeville community.
“We were very appreciative of them,” Young said. “And we want to extend our gratitude to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs in Cookeville for providing us this grant.”
For the past 16 years, donations have been the driving force behind Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supporting first responders and public safety organizations nationwide. During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 127 grants to public safety organizations across the country. The 127 grants totaling nearly $3 million were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
To donate and learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.