The University of South Carolina became safer and better prepared for a catastrophe after receiving a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for 40 medical trauma kits.
Positioned around campus, these kits cover more than any first-aid kit. They include supplies to help take care of eye injuries, broken bones, chest injuries, burn and major wound care among other parts. These kits would be available before first responders could make it to any scene, helping those affected to get possible life-saving care minutes earlier, which could make a huge difference.
“The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of our campus community,” said Michael Gooler, the emergency management coordinator for the university. “We maintain a strong working relationship with all our first responders in the Midlands, but we can’t have a first responder everywhere. These kits will ultimately improve the life-saving capabilities of the university community.”
The kits are equipped with easy-to-use flow charts to help people work through whatever the specific injury. An online tutorial is available for campus members learn more about the kits and how they can help injured persons until first responders arrive.
“As South Carolina alumni, it is extremely satisfying to be able to give back to our alma mater,” Larry and Jody Chandler, local franchisees for Firehouse Subs, said in a joint statement. “The safety of students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and we are thrilled that the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has been able to make this award to the university.”
At halftime of the football game between USC and Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will present a check to USC and four other local units who received grants this year. This coincides with First Responders Day at Williams-Brice Stadium.
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.5 million in South Carolina.