Congratulations are in order! The City of Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department was recently chosen as the recipient of a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant for lifesaving equipment.The grant will be utilized to purchase two Lucas 2.2 Chest Compression Systems – as well as all necessary accessories – valued at up to $32,559.According to Robert Hemminger, Emergency Services Director for the City of Deer Park, this grant will significantly enhance the lifesaving capabilities of the department and overall service to the community.“We are incredibly grateful to have been chosen as the recipients of this grant funding,” Hemminger said. “The City of Deer Park has committed considerable funding for lifesaving equipment for our Fire Department and EMS, but budget funding to equip our remaining ambulances with these systems was unavailable before this point.With this grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, all of our ambulances will feature the Lucas Chest Compression Systems, which afford our paramedics a much higher chance of a successful outcome when working with patients in cardiac arrest.”DPVFD Chief Greg Bridges emphasized that while it is impossible to predict the outcome of cardiac arrest cases, the Lucas Chest Compression Systems can ensure high quality, consistent chest compressions on all patients.“The City of Deer Park EMS Division responds to an average of 60 to 70 CPR calls per year,” Bridges said. “Effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and keep the heart primed to increase the chances of a successful shock and return of spontaneous circulation.”Hemminger also expressed gratitude to the Deer Park Firehouse Subs management team including owner Brad Watkins, explaining that the franchise supported the efforts of DPVFD in pursuing the grant.“We’re very fortunate not only to have Firehouse Subs in Deer Park, but to also have a long-term, strong working relationship with their ownership,” Hemminger said.For more information on DPVFD, visit the City’s Web site, www.deerparktx.gov, the Emergency Services Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/deerparktx.oem, or the Emergency Services Twitter account, @deerparkoem.ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATIONIn 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $17 million to hometown heroes in 44 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $1.1 million in Texas.