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FIREHOUSE SUBS GRANT PROVIDES EQUIPMENT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE

Six years ago retired police officer Nancy Nixon decided to open Fire House Subs at 3021 I-45 in the Teas Crossing Shopping Center at FM 3083 and I-45. Immediately she went to work helping the community through Fire House Subs Grant Program. Several months ago she found Montgomery County Search and Rescue on Facebook and contacted Steve Degner who heads up the volunteer organization. She asked what was needed for the organization and a grant was written. They applied for funds for FLIR units. The grant was then approved by the Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation and today Montgomery County Search and Rescue were presented with 3 FLIR (forward-looking infrared scopes). Degner said these were especially needed for their searches at night and especially in the National Forest where most of their callouts originate. He said with these units you can spot a person at long distances whether it be on the ground or in a tree. Montgomery County Search and Rescue has served the community since 1984. They are all volunteers on call 24/7. Statistics show that without trained search and rescue crews one in five ends up as a fatality. Nixon also owns two other Firehouse Subs. The first at Cypresswood and Interstate 45 and the other at 2351 I-45 in Huntsville. A portion of each sale at all the Firehouse Subs in the US goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since the inception in 2005, the Foundation has granted over $40 million to hometown heroes in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $2.7 million in Texas.

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