Firehouse Subs donates new equipment to Andersonville VFD

4:54 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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An East Tennessee volunteer fire department gets a new tool for its arsenal, thanks to a local restaurant.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated an Akron Mercury Monitor to the Andersonville Fire Department on Wednesday.

The firefighters needed the device, but didn't have extra money in their budget to buy it.

It pumps out more than 500 gallons of water per minutes, but also will come in handy if the department is short staffed on a scene.

"That monitor is one of the newest ones out. It's very lightweight and compact. One man can carry it on scene, set it up, and if need be, it can be unmanned at a certain angle. We'd like to have it manned at all times, but if we have low numbers on scene, we can leave it unmanned and it's going to be okay," said Captain Ronnie Smiddy.

Other fire departments in the East Tennessee area have won grants from Firehouse Subs as well.  Each restaurant collects money by selling recycled five gallon pickle buckets, and accepting donations and spare change.

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