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Firehouse Subs grant to help promote fire safety

Markham Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) will use a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada to wrap six station bay doors with fire safety messaging designed by a Unionville student.

“MFES has three lines of defense: education, prevention and suppression,” Chief Adam Grant says of the artwork, which focuses on extinguishing bad habits and cooking safely in the kitchen.

“One of the leading causes of fires in Markham is caused by human behaviour and error. It is our goal to raise awareness and educate the community on fire safety tips and best practices that can help individuals do their part when it comes to being fire-safe, which ultimately helps better protect our neighbourhoods.”

Firehouse Subs on Markham Road presented a cheque for $19,546 to MFES at Station 98 on Bur Oak Avenue on Oct. 31. This is the third year MFES has received a grant from the Safety Foundation, which has awarded 306 grants to public safety organizations since 2015. The grant is one of 22 awarded to public safety organizations during the most recent grant cycle.

“MFES is a leader in fire safety and fire prevention efforts,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti says. “This grant enables them to amplify their fire safety messaging by providing highly visible safety graphics on six of their station doors. Thank you to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada and our local Firehouse Subs on Markham Road for providing us with this invaluable funding.”

Visit any Firehouse Subs restaurant to donate and learn more. Or donate online at CanadaHelps.org.

Photo: Firehouse Subs on Markham Road staff Uyen Trang, Warren Luong and Huan Dang present a cheque to Markham Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Nearing and Acting Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Colin Quinn. Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.

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