Piqua fire department awarded grant

PIQUA — A portion of customer purchases at Firehouse Subs goes towards the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which is used to provide lifesaving equipment and training to first responders. The foundation was founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, when co-founders Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, fed first responders and survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s mission states: To impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $37.7 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.8 million in Ohio.

“Giving back to our first responders is the primary goal of the Foundation,” said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Executive Director Robin Peters. “We’re in a very fortunate position that allows us to work together with Firehouse Subs restaurants to raise funds that help provide lifesaving equipment locally and throughout the country. Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we are able to make a difference.”

In September 2018, Piqua firefighter Nick Schmitz applied for a grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and was awarded two LUCAS 3 CPR chest compression devices in October 2018. These devices provide benefits to cardiac arrest patients by delivering high-quality chest compressions under difficult conditions and for extended periods of time. It allows our team to work more efficiently without compromising the safety of the patients and responders.

Piqua Firefighter Nick Schmitz said, “We are very fortunate and grateful that we were chosen to receive this grant. These devices not only increase the survivability of cardiac arrest patients, but they also greatly increase the safety of our team.”

This device does more than just chest compressions. It also has a Wi-Fi function that can send PDF reports directly to the preferred systems, making follow up and charting simpler and more efficient. LUCAS also allows for continued quality chest compressions while the patient is being transported or if the paramedics would need to do a shock intervention on the patient. Due to the quality of chest compressions, it has shown significant improvement in blood flow to the brain resulting in less brain injuries due to lack of oxygen.

“On behalf of the whole Piqua fire department and Piqua community, we would like to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their continued support,” Piqua Fire Chief Brent Pohlschneider said.