On September 23, 2014, the Leary Firefighters Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, presented the Seaside Heights Fire Department in Seaside Heights, NJ with an equipment grant totaling $35,000. The grant, made possible by the generosity of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, will go to purchase a new air fill station and air bottles, which will provide firefighters breathable air during emergencies, allowing members to stay on task and serve their community safely.
The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. One marked its 100th year of service in 2013. From its inception, the Fire Company has been a volunteer organization, operating under a small municipal budget and the generosity of the local community through fundraisers. The past two years have been especially difficult on this department of 50 volunteer men and women, due mostly to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Funtown Boardwalk fire in 2013. The Seaside Heights firefighters’ unwavering commitment to protect their community despite financial limitations and disaster resonates with both the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, whose mission is to provide first responders and public safety organizations with lifesaving equipment needed to protect and save lives, even their own, as well as with the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
“The Seaside Heights Fire Department has faced enormous challenges in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and most recently the boardwalk fire,” said Denis Leary, President of The Leary Firefighters Foundation. “Volunteer fire departments like this one help keep so many of our communities safe without adequate equipment and resources. Thanks to our friends at Firehouse Subs, the equipment provided by this grant will assist the Seaside Heights Fire Department with their recovery, and we’re grateful for their support.”