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Firehouse Subs to donate more than $20,000 to College of Coastal Georgia at Tues. event

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Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

Jan. 20, 2013 – The Firehouse Subs Restaurant company will formally donate more than $20,000 in much needed equipment to the College of Coastal Georgia’s Department of Public Safety at a ceremony Tuesday in Brunswick.

Firehouse Subs’ Public Safety Foundation is awarding the money. The company was founded by two brothers, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, from Jacksonville who were formerly local firefighters there.

Attending the event will be local public safety officials, Firehouse Subs franchisee Eddie Wells, area representatives Mary and Bryan Paquin, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation executive director Robin Peters and Foundation procurement specialist Brady Rigdon.

The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.at the Firehouse Subs Restaurant at 919 Glynn Isles in Brunswick.

The College of Coastal Georgia Department of Public Safety, a full-service campus police department, will benefit with a 20-foot trailer that is fully equipped with a generator and rescue gear worth more than $20,200. The donated trailer will mainly be utilized by the department for evacuation purposes in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster. It will also be available to other college departments and surrounding public safety entities such as the Red Cross for campus and community events, major incidents and disaster drills -- significantly strengthening the disaster response capabilities of the community. 

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given $8.3 million to hometown heroes in 39 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $683,000 in Georgia.

Daily, each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.

In 2013, Firehouse Subs was ranked No. 1 in growth by Nation's Restaurant News. The company now operates in 38 states, and has more than 720 restaurants.

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