Above, North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser (fourth from left) and North Dundas Deputy Mayor and Fire Commissioner Al Armstrong (third from right) pose with township firefighters and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada representatives. At right is a New York Steamer sub on the menu at Firehouse Subs, where patrons raise the dollars that flow through the Foundation.
SOUTH MOUNTAIN — The North Dundas Fire Service is about to plug into a new standby generator funded through pickle pail sales and patron donations at a rising American fast-food chain.
Township officials and firefighters recently collected the $20,340 grant from the charitable entity set up by Firehouse Subs.
Flowing through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada, the supplied dollars will empower the Service to purchase a Briggs & Stratton natural gas standby generator — fulfilling a critical need at the South Mountain fire station.
The U.S.-based sandwich maker arrived in Canada only five years ago; Ottawa has three outlets. To raise money for its Foundation causes, each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets by making them available to guests for $3 apiece. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows patrons to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.
More than $221,000 was allocated to 10 organizations during the most recent application period, including the share received by the local township.
“We are so very grateful … for awarding our fire department such an incredible grant!” exclaimed North Dundas Fire Commissioner Al Armstrong. “This generator will enable us to provide many of the necessities of life to our citizens should we suffer another event such as the ice storm, or anything that leads to prolonged loss of power or other services.”
Armstrong, who also serves as deputy mayor, extended the municipality’s “deepest thank you to the Foundation” as well as “Mr. and Mrs. Honey, of Morewood, and Jess Manley [Township of North Dundas] for their amazing efforts in making our application a successful reality! Thank you all!”
“We are committed to helping organizations such as North Dundas Fire continue their lifesaving work within local communities. We are honoured to be able to award this grant and do our part to ensure that North Dundas is safer for everyone, including first responders,” said Robin Peters, executive director of the Foundation.
The standby generator will power up the South Mountain facility in the event of a major outage, ensuring firefighters can still provide immediate response in a crisis.
Established in 2005, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has granted more than $1.2-million to “hometown heroes” in Canada.
Firehouse Subs now counts more than 1,180 eatery locations, starting with its first outlet in Florida, in 1994.