City building | August 20, 2021
Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) has been named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada®. Mississauga is safer than ever thanks to the Foundation providing important funding in the amount of $11,000. The grant will be used to purchase combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for MFES and will ensure our community is safer and better prepared for emergencies.
“We know the last year has been very challenging for some of our residents, which is why we’re working with partners across the city, like Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada, to try and make it easier to get more working smoke alarms in the homes of residents who need it most,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “On behalf of the City of Mississauga, we thank Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada and all the generous donors who help us improve the safety in multi-residential buildings in our city.”
With the funding provided by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada, MFES is partnering with The Mississauga Food Bank to distribute 500 smoke alarms to food bank users who do not currently have a working fire alarm.
“We’re so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada and our local Firehouse Subs restaurant in Mississauga,” said Deryn Rizzi, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services. “The combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will help us respond more quickly to fires as every second counts in emergency situations and can be the difference between life and death. Last year, approximately 41 per cent of the fires we responded to in high rise buildings did not have a working smoke alarm. We remind all residents to regularly check their alarms to make sure they work.”
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has awarded 228 grants to public safety organizations since 2015. This grant is one of 11 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada awarded to public safety organizations during the most recent grant cycle. The 11 grants will provide critical lifesaving equipment valued at more than $277,000 across Ontario.
“The Mississauga Food Bank is excited to partner with MFES and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada to help distribute 500 smoke alarms to neighbours across our city,” said Meghan Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer, The Mississauga Food Bank. “Through engaging with our network of over 50 agencies across Mississauga, plus distributing units through our Food Bank 2 Home delivery program, we’ll be able to get these smoke alarms into the right hands to help keep our most vulnerable safe.”
To donate and learn more visit any Firehouse Subs restaurant, or donate online CanadaHelps.org.
About Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the U.S. with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Ten years later, with the opening of the first Canadian Firehouse Subs restaurant in 2015, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada was born.
About Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) protect life, property and the environment in Mississauga from all perils, through education, prevention, investigation, training, rescue, fire suppression, dangerous goods containment and life support services.
About The Mississauga Food Bank
The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga. Through its network of over 50 agencies including neighbourhood food banks, pantries, and meal and snack programs, the food bank distributes food for almost five million meals each year to vulnerable children, seniors, families, and neighbours in Mississauga.
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