Columbus Fire and EMS received two new pieces of equipment Friday that will enhance their water rescue program.
The department received two jet skis with rescue boards and a trailer from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Reed Compton and Jack McCombs, franchise owners of a Firehouse Subs restaurant in Columbus.
The jet skis will join four operational rescue boats the department uses in a variety of water operations and will especially help in shallow water.
"These will greatly enhance our water rescue program," said Deputy Chief Robert Futrell of Columbus Fire and EMS, "In some situations, these will be the only thing we can use."
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Funds raised for the donation are a compilation of different programs Firehouse Subs uses in furtherance of their mission to help first responders. The restaurants place donation cannisters on their counters and also sell the 5-gallon buckets their pickles come in for $2.
"I think it's just fantastic," said Reed Compton, franchise owner, "Those donations that were raised here stayed here."
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization created and founded in 2005 by retired fire fighters Robin and Chris Sorenson. The foundation has donated more than $700,000 since 2007.