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April 13, 2007: Coral Springs Fire Department receives grant for critical life-savings equipment
Papa John’s Risk Services Corporation and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company awarded a $10,000 grant to the Coral Springs Fire Department for several new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The Fire Department will purchase a total of 10 new AEDs with the grant money. Eight of the devices will be used in the new Public Safety Training and Technology Center. The remaining three will be placed in emergency vehicles within the department. Firefighters and rescue workers use AEDs on victims who have suffered sudden heart attacks. AED technology analyzes the heart’s rhythm and prompts the user to deliver a defibrillation shock if the machine determines one is needed. In addition, three pediatric electrode adapters will be acquired for the AEDs placed in emergency vehicles. “Having the most high-tech equipment is essential to keeping the residents of our community as safe as possible,” said Acting Fire Chief John Forbes. “These state-of-the-art AEDs will be an upgrade from some of our older models. We appreciate this support from Papa John’s Risk Services and Fireman’s Fund.” “Papa John’s Risk Services is pleased to be able to help the people of Coral Springs in such a tangible way,” said Patricia Kerfoot of Papa John’s Risk Services. “Helping our local fire departments with the purchase of important new equipment provides Papa John’s with another opportunity to tell local residents we care about them.” The grant package is part of a nationwide program called Fireman’s Fund HeritageSM, which is funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to hundreds of different departments totaling more than $11 million. Independent insurance agencies that sell Fireman’s Fund products are able to direct these grants to support fire stations in their communities. Chris Ramkalawan, of the local Papa John’s franchise, LNW Pizza, helped identify this specific community need in Broward County.

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