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Source: Santee Fire Department

December 12, 2016 (Santee) — Santee Fire Department officials will express their appreciation to the Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation for providing the city with grant funds for new life-saving equipment at static display of the equipment scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

This display will be held next to the Firehouse Subs restaurant at 214 Town Center Parkway, Santee. The fire department will display a thermal imaging camera and a vehicle stabilization kit that together were purchased with $20,000 in grant funds from the foundation. Also on display will be the department’s new E ladder truck. Fire officials will be available at the event to answer questions and provide information on how the equipment allows the department to better serve the community.

The new thermal imaging camera will aid firefighters in detecting fires hidden behind walls and ceilings, and it will also expedite rescues in situations where the victims are obscured by smoke, darkness or a lack of visibility.

The stabilization kit is comprised of extendable struts used to hold a vehicle in place while rescuers are searching inside or under a vehicle that has tipped over during an accident.

“Both of these are state-of-the art pieces of life safety equipment that will enable our firefighters to reach victims quicker and save lives,” said Battalion Chief Tim Stuber.

In a statement, foundation officials said: “We are very excited about being able to assist your organization and ultimately improve the life-saving capabilities of your community.”

The Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation awards grants for life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, support for members of the armed forces and disaster preparedness and disaster relief. The foundation has awarded more than $23 million to more than 2,600 organizations.