The Ironman Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Join Forces Once Again to Provide Critical, Life-Saving
Equipment to First Responders
$125,000 in grant funds available within six IRONMAN race communities
Oceanside CA—The IRONMAN Foundation® (IMF) and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF) have partnered to provide $125,000 in grant funding for first responder groups in six communities where IRONMAN® races take place. These grants, awarded for the purchase of critical, life-saving equipment, will be distributed at IRONMAN events taking place between April 2 and October 9, 2016. Now in their third year of partnership, FHSPSF and IMF have previously awarded $197,577 worth of equipment to 15 first-responder organizations in nine IRONMAN race communities.
“We’re so fortunate at IRONMAN to work with an elite group of first responders in each of our race communities, as they are instrumental in ensuring the health and safety of our athletes,” said Christine Perkins, Community Relations Manager of IMF. “This partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation allows us to give back to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us each day by giving them the tools that they need to save lives.”
One featured grant recipient from 2015 was the Madison Police Department, who received a grant worth $18,700 to purchase Air-Purifying respirators that would allow their officers to operate more effectively for longer periods of time in critical situations. “The Madison Police Department greatly appreciates the support received from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and The IRONMAN Foundation,” said Police Captain Victor Wahl. “The safety equipment provided has protected officers responding into hazardous environments and has enabled us to better serve the public.”
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation along with The IRONMAN Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “This is the third year of this partnership and we are especially excited to reach out to new race cities throughout the country where we can provide support to the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting ours, every day.”
Grant awards through the FHSPSF/IMF partnership will range in size from $10,000 to $20,000, with the maximum award capped at $20,000 per organization. Funds will be awarded to eligible groups in communities where the following IRONMAN events take place: IRONMAN® 70.3® California; IRONMAN® 70.3® Muncie; IRONMAN® 70.3® Syracuse; IRONMAN® Wisconsin; IRONMAN® Maryland, and IRONMAN® Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health. The deadline to apply is March 1 for IRONMAN® 70.3® California, and April 1 for all other communities. Groups interested in applying are encouraged to visit www.ironmanfoundation.org to learn more about this opportunity.