TFRD receives grant

Tiffin Fire/ Rescue Division Receives $15,800 Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
The Tiffin Fire/ Rescue Division has received a new fire extinguisher training system as the recipients of a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant. This equipment, manufactured by BullEx, has a value of over $15,800 and will allow for department instructors to provide training to area businesses, schools, and organizations. Using an LED screen to simulate fire and a laser training extinguisher, this will allow for training to be conducted inside of buildings adding more realism to the situation. Instructors can simulate various types of fires at ten difficulty levels. The system can sense if the trainee is using the correct extinguisher, aiming and sweeping correctly, and if they are an effective distance from the base of the fire. This ensures trainees are prepared in case of a real fire emergency.
In 2016, Tiffin Fire/ Rescue Division conducted more than 20 of these training events and instructed over 800 people in the safe operation of using fire extinguishers. While the primary focus is helping ensure each person’s safety while at work, this experience also transfers to their own home where they could also need to use an extinguisher. Since no actual fire is produced with this new system there is a decreased need for personnel and resources, creating a more efficient process for our department. Please contact our department at 419-448-5444 if you would be interested in receiving a demonstration at your place of business.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs co-founders created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada. Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.
For more information about this grant award, please contact Deputy Chief Rob Chappell at 419-448-5444.