The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office could soon be using some new equipment paid for through a grant from a local sandwich shop.
GCSO Capt. Sarah Bigham said she completed an application to FireHouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and recently found out it has been approved. She said the grant will provide $15,609 worth of equipment, including a full body suit for K-9 training, vests, breaching tools and radios.
Bigham said the actual announcement of the grant will take place at a later date but she wanted to let county commissioners know about it now. To be considered for the grant, Bigham said, the county had to prove the items to be purchased relate to first responder safety.
Most grants, Bigham said, are yearly but the FireHouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is quarterly which gives entities a much better chance at getting accepted. She said now that GCSO has had an application approved, she will have to wait two years before she can apply again.
Information on the foundation’s website says it was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as evacuees. They wanted to do more so they founded the foundation that gives to first responders.
The website says some of the most requested items from the foundation are bunker gear, which can cost up to $2,000, thermal imagine cameras which can cost up to $10,000 and vehicle extradition tools which can cost up to $25,000.