The Grand Forks Fire Department has been named a 2021 grant recipient by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, and will receive more than $20,000 to purchase a BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training System.

According to a release from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Grand Forks is safer than ever, and the funding will help the community be better prepared for emergencies.

“We’re so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs restaurant here in Grand Forks,” said Chad Cutshaw, deputy chief of the Grand Forks Fire Department. “The fire extinguisher training system will help us provide year-round fire extinguisher training to high school students, staff and students at the University of North Dakota, and businesses and organizations throughout Grand Forks."

Previously, Cutshaw said, fire extinguisher training was held outdoors as weather permitted. The grant will allow fire extinguisher training to be held anywhere, including indoors, allowing the fire department to reach more people each year.

According to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the organization awarded 118 grants totaling more than $2.5 million to public safety organizations across the country. The grants will be used to purchase critical lifesaving equipment.

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The foundation was established in 2005, and since its inception has awarded more than $57 million to support first responders and public safety organizations.