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Press Release for Friday, January 30, 2015

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Awards UPD Life-Saving Equipment Grant

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded the University of North Florida Police Department a grant to purchase life-saving equipment to be carried in each police patrol car in order to improve the capabilities of University first responders in assisting faculty, staff, students and the community attending campus events.

“The UNF community would like to thank Firehouse Subs for their commitment to local law enforcement. Through the generous contribution of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the men and women of the UNF Police Department are better equipped to administer emergency first aid to both children and adults with the advanced life-saving technology provided,” said UNF Police Chief Frank Mackesy.

The UPD received $16,100 to purchase 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), an AED trainer, pads adapter and wall unit, as well as a data cable. The Foundation, which provides funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations, allocates funding in five areas: life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, support for members of the military, as well as disaster preparedness and disaster relief.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide this life-saving equipment to the University of North Florida Police Department and help improve campus safety,” said Robin Peters, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation executive director.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, and through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given $12 million to hometown heroes in 42 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $2.4 million in Florida.

Firehouse Subs® is a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety. Founded by brothers and former firefighters Chris and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, steaming hot subs piled higher with the highest-quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the creation of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®.

The UNF police department is comprised of 29 full-time sworn police officers, eight communications operators, two professional staff members, six part-time employees and five safety rangers. UNF’s Police Department is entrusted to preserve the peace, provide general police services to the University community, and enforce the laws of the State of Florida, the ordinances of the City of Jacksonville, as well as the rules, policies and traffic regulations of UNF.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.