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The Pocatello Police Department had the opportunity today to thank Firehouse Subs for the $20,300 grant received from the foundation. The department applied for a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and was awarded money to purchase safety equipment.
The department used the grant to purchase thirty-five (35) rifle rated, armor plated vests in December. According to Major Jim Peterson of the Pocatello Police department, “This grant allowed our department to finish equipping every patrol officer with the plated vests. We were not able to equip every officer without this grant.”
Patrol Captain Roger Schei and Patrol Officers Miller and Cartwright, demonstrated the vests at today’s award ceremony. The vest consists of a carrier which holds a rifle-rated, metal plate. The plated carrier is worn over the officer’s uniform and can be quickly thrown on when an officer responds to a call involving firearms.
Local franchise owner, Byron Putnam, and Regional Area Manager, Randy Judd, hosted today’s award ceremony. Local grants were also awarded to the Power County Fire Department and the Blackfoot Fire Department.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Restaurants collect spare change and donations from customers. The Foundation then allocates funding for life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships, support for members of the military and disaster preparedness. Seventeen (17) million dollars has been granted to over twelve hundred (1200) communities in the last ten years.