Community Business Foundation Assists Richmond Fire Department with Necessary Equipment
With recent significant weather events and flooding, the Richmond Fire Department began to enhance resources to facilitate water evacuation and rescue. While the Richmond Fire Department has staffed a Dive Team and prepared for water emergencies for many years, last year’s flooding from the Brazos River prompted the Fire Department to budget and purchase a boat specifically designed for evacuation and rescues. Fire Chief Mike Youngblood said “Specialized equipment and resources can be expensive and challenging to justify, especially if it is equipment that is not frequently used in emergency services responses.” He added, “Just because it may not be needed on a daily basis is no reason to not have what you need when you need it, especially when protecting the lives of citizens, which is our highest priority.”
With that philosophy, fire administration researched how to offset some of the cost associated with planning and preparing for low frequency, but high impact events for the City and area which Richmond Fire Department serves. This area comprises more than 50 square miles and has the only active dive team in Fort Bend County. During the research, it was discovered that a local business offers assistance to public service entities for emergency equipment- Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Richmond Fire Department Assistant Chief- Derek Brown applied for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant for an additional boat to compliment the boat previously purchased from One Boat Rescue Boats. The grant was generously awarded which meant Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation fully funded Richmond Fire team’s second, new boat. This additional boat allows the department to work with the boats in tandem during dive events, or independently in emergencies such as what Hurricane Harvey recently presented during wide spread flooding.
Not enough can be said to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for recognizing and awarding the grant that offers assistance to so many during perilous events when time is critical. To know more about The Richmond Fire Department visit our website or Facebook page http://www.richmondtx.gov/departments/fire-department. To know more about the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation visit https://www.firehousesubs.com/public-safety-foundation/ or just visit one of their locations and thank them for supporting local emergency services.