SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, a charitable arm of the Firehouse Subs restaurant chain, has donated a thermal imaging camera to the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.
The camera can detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, aiding firefighters in locating people inside smoke-filled structures. The device is worth about $10,800.
A ceremony was held Thursday at the Firehouse Subs restaurant at Southridge Centre.
The restaurant chain's foundation has donated more than $5.7 million in equipment to first responders and public safety agencies in the United States, according to a company news release. Local stores raise money through selling recycled pickle buckets and through donations.Thursday's donation was the company's first in West Virginia. Besides the Southridge restaurant, Firehouse Subs has a location in White Hall, Marion County, and is opening another at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna, according to the company's website.