At a meeting of the Argo City Council on Monday night, Argo Fire Chief Heath Smith announced the receiving of a $30,274 grant to purchase vehicle extrication equipment.
The grant was provided by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, an organization created by the founders of Firehouse Subs, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, to assist first-responders and public safety organizations. The idea came in 2005 when they traveled to New Orleans to feed people during Hurricane Katrina.
Smith said that Lt. Scott Payne approached him about applying for the grant, which he completed and sent to the foundation. The funds will go to extrication equipment that can be used to rescue victims of car accidents. Smith said that the equipment is battery-operated and can be ready to go when an accident is reported.