The Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department received an equipment donation Thursday to assist it in educating the community about fire safety.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated a Bull-Ex Bullseye Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher to the department during a presentation at Firehouse Subs on Knox Avenue. The equipment is worth more than $16,000.
The system will be used to help teach the safe and proper use of fire extinguishers, said Sgt. Shane Fields, of the fire department.
“We have a strong fire-safety-education program,” he said. “We enjoy going into the schools and the community to educate people on fire safety – what to do, what not to do, how to stay safe.”
Fire extinguishers should be in all homes, but the challenge is that many don’t know how to properly use them. That’s where the system will be useful, said Fields.
People can use a realistic extinguisher to put out a virtual fire. It will train them to properly sweep and extinguish the fire and show proper distance to stand from a fire.
Funds from pickle bucket purchases and customer donations made at Firehouse Subs restaurants go to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to help provide funds, equipment and educational opportunities to public safety departments and first responders, said Meghan Bender, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation development manager.
“Their donations are donations are making a difference,” she said. “When they donate, it enables the foundation to help public safety departments and first responders.”