Russell County Rescue Squad receives more than $20,000 in grant

Russell County, Kentucky – First responders nationwide are often the first to experience the effects of a crisis. As communities gradually recover from the pandemic, additional safety protocols and equipment needs have created new challenges for first responders on the front line. 

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation continues to be a valuable resource to first responders throughout the country and has recently provided a $20,257.80 critical grant award to Russell County Search & Rescue. The funding will be applied toward the purchase of PPE and Swift Water Rescue Equipment, which will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community. 

“This equipment is so important to Russell County as it will help us assist Victims in a Swift Water event, this will make it a quicker and safer response, not only for members but victims,” said Chief Carson (Rick) Godbey Russell County Search & Rescue. “During these unique and difficult times, we’re so thankful to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs located at 525 US        S  27 , Somerset, Kentucky.” 

During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 120 grants to public safety organizations nationwide. The 120 grants total nearly $2.5 million and were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment. 

To donate and learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit



In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides funding resources, lifesaving equipment, prevention education, and training and disaster relief support to first responders and public safety organizations. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $60 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. This is their highest designation. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand. Please consider supporting a Firehouse Subs restaurant near you.

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