ST. CLOUD -- Firehouse Subs in St. Cloud has found a way to give back to their local hero's.

Back in April the restaurant gave the St. Cloud Fire Department a $20,000 grant as part of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Fire Chief Bill Mund says they were excited when their were asked to partner with the local sub shop.

"As they were getting ready to open they approached us and said we have this grant program and that's why were are here today," says Mund.

The Foundation was launched in 2005 as a way for the restaurant to give back to the local community.

With the help of the grant, Mund says they were able to purchase 75 new jackets and the grant couldn't have come at a better time.

"These jackets have a 10-12 year life span and with our budget and having 75 on staff we could replace maybe 4 or 5 jackets a year," says Mund.

David Konshok is the Co-Owner of Firehouse Subs. He says each store location raises money for the foundation by either selling their 5-gallon pickle buckets or their "round up" program.

"So if someone's bill doesn't come out to an exact dollar they can round it up to the next dollar and that difference goes into the Public Safety Foundation," says Konshok.

Both Firehouse Subs and the St. Cloud Fire Department have enjoyed their partnership and hope it continues for years to come.

"They really just connected with the idea of support the foundation and us as a business and so we are very proud they were able to secure a grant," says Konshok.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more then $8.3-million to first responders and public safety organizations.

 

St. Cloud Fire Department show off their new jackets thanks to the Firehouse Subs grant.