Firehouse Subs donates thermal imaging gear in honor of fallen firefighters
Firehouse Subs locations in Charlotte have donated thermal imaging cameras to the Salisbury Fire Department and the Miller’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department in honor of Victor Isler Sr. and Justin Monroe, the firefighters who died in the March 7 Salisbury Millwork fire.
The cameras will be presented at 4 p.m. next Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell and Miller’s Ferry Chief Bobby Fox will accept the cameras on behalf of their respective departments.
“Chief Fox and I are truly grateful for these generous gifts to our departments,” Parnell said in a press release.
“Thermal imaging cameras enable firefighters to see through the darkness and smoke in a fire. The cameras offer the exact location of the strongest heat source, which allows a team of firefighters to better concentrate their efforts in working the fire.
“This technologically advanced equipment is significant in completing searches to rescue victims in near-zero visibility with an added degree of safety.”
In addition, firefighters use the cameras to locate hidden fire and assess the structural integrity of buildings. The MSA 5200 cameras are valued at approximately $11,000 each, providing a total contribution of $22,000 by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Justin Scotto and Rick Daya, Firehouse Sub franchise owners in Charlotte, sought to honor the memories of Isler and Monroe with a donation that would continue the firefighters’ tradition of service to the community.
The Charlotte Firehouse Subs locations, on behalf of our Foundation, are extremely proud to make this presentation,” Scotto said. “We are honored to provide the donation of a thermal imager camera (MSA 5200) to both the Salisbury Fire Department and the Miller’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department in remembrance of Victor Isler and Justin Monroe”
Firehouse Subs was founded by brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, whose family logged more than 200 years of public service as firefighters. Their foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of emergency services in communities served by Firehouse Subs.
The foundation provides emergency services with life-saving equipment, provides prevention and educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety, emergency services and natural disaster preparedness; and provides financial resources to individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector.