As former firefighters, Firehouse Subs owners, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, are dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of all emergency services, with funding, resources, and support.
They launched the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005, which has donated well over $4.5 million in equipment and resources to police, fire, and EMS departments across the country.
"They're a great organization. They're a very community oriented outfit," McPherson said, noting they held a safety event earlier this summer in collaboration with the Danvers Fire Department.
The franchise is the brainchild of two Jacksonville Sorensen brothers, who shared an entrepreneurial spirit, along with a 200 year family history of firefighting in their blood. Their idea to have a fast-casual restaurant with food inspired by New York delicatessens, combined with an authentic firehouse setting, and commitment to superior service took hold fourteen years ago.
Since then, Firehouse Subs has grown to include over five hundred franchises in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Engine 2 was dedicated to fallen brother Matt Smith in June.