The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, has donated more than $400,000 to first responders in Kentucky alone, and recently the foundation awarded a $17,000 grant to Madison County EMS for up-to-date CPR equipment.
Firehouse Subs, a restaurant that opened 22 years ago in Florida decided to help out after Hurricane Katrina. The foundation was then conceived to help first responders by donating portions of its revenue back into the foundation. Now, all proceeds go toward new equipment for first responders throughout the country.
The new equipment includes six baby mannequins, six adult mannequins and a bluetooth device that monitors the pressure applied to the chest, whether the paramedic is giving the proper amount of air and the speed of chest compressions, for example.
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VIDEO: Several units were called to a fire in Anderson County Wednesday after a barn went up in flames.
According to the Anderson County Fire Department, firefighters arrived to find the barn fully involved on Burgin Road.
The barn had a large tractor and other equipment inside.
The barn and everything in it was destroyed.
Daviess Fiscal Court is suspending non-fire related activities at Daviess County's 10 volunteer fire stations, according to Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly.
"There were things being done that were not covered by our insurance," Mattingly said. "KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) is our new provider and they are looking at the uses of fire stations. They are the underwriter, meaning they are responsible. As we reviewed the different uses it became apparent that the stations were being used for personal use and events that were not related to fire."
To aid KACo in their assessment of how the volunteer stations have been used in the past, Fiscal Court asked each station's chief to compile a list of activities that take place throughout the year.