The Goldsboro Fire Department is better equipped to keep all community members safe thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The $7,662 grant will be used to purchase a gear dryer for personal protective equipment, fulfilling a critical need within the department.
“We are committed to helping organizations such as Goldsboro Fire Department continue their lifesaving work within local communities. We are honored to be able to award this grant and do our part to ensure that Goldsboro is safer for everyone, including first responders,” said Robin Peters, executive director, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
“Goldsboro Fire Department is committed to providing our personnel, citizens, and guests with the best service possible. In such challenging times it is good to know that the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is a committed partner as well. Thank you,” said Fire Chief Joe Dixon.
The new gear dryer will be used to enhance firefighter safety and health, which in turn promotes increased safety within the community. Firefighters routinely enter environments deemed immediately dangerous to life and health by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognize the need to decontaminate the gear worn in the performance of duties. Instances of firefighter cancer have been directly linked to exposure through improper PPE care. Keeping our providers safe and healthy promotes a safe and resilient Goldsboro.
The grant was one of 96 awarded by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to public safety organizations across the country during the most recent grant application period. The 96 grants total more than $1.8 million.