Cabarrus Bomb Squad receives donation
Mar 29, 2012 (Independent Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation on Wednesday donated more than $19,000 in equipment to the Cabarrus County Bomb Squad at the Kannapolis Firehouse Subs location on Spider Drive.
Attending the event were members of the bomb squad, sheriff's deputies, franchisee Justin Scotto, area representative Tim Goss and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation specialist Eric Sorensen.
A Sheriff's Inspectional Device (SID) robot also made an appearance.
The foundation donated communication headsets, cooling units for bomb suits, a ballistic shield and new lights for police motorcycles.
Deputy Michael Kluttz, equipment officer for the Cabarrus County Bomb Squad, said the lights will help with visibility.
"In the daylight you could hardly see [the motorcycles]," he said. "Now there's no problem."
Restaurants raise money for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation by selling used pickle buckets for $2 and allowing customers to "round-up" their bills to the nearest dollar.
Kannapolis store franchisee Justin Scotto said he was glad his store could be a part of helping the Cabarrus squad.
"We're excited to give back to the local fire and police departments," he said.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, founded in 2005, has donated more than $300,000 to N.C. public safety entities.
Kluttz said his department could not be happier with the latest donation.
"To say that everybody is ecstatic would be an understatement," he said.
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