WINCHESTER — Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated $7,192 worth of lifesaving equipment to the James Wood High School athletics department.
The money will purchase four automated external defibrillators (AEDs), three wall cabinets and accessories. Jessica Kotelnicki, the athletic trainer for James Wood, applied for the grant so she could have more defibrillators spread out across the school, including the gym, baseball field and the football stadium.
“Across a weekly basis we probably have thousands of people that walk past these and you never know when something is going to happen,” Kotelnicki said.
James Wood also will be able to purchase AED trainers, which are not working defibrillators, to help students and staff learn how to use a defibrillator on school grounds. Kotelnicki added that Firehouse Subs has made a difference by paying for the AEDs, which will help the school be more proactive with safety.
The high school already has several AEDs in the main building, but because the campus is spread out, there was a need for more to improve emergency response times, Kotelnicki said. One defibrillator is stationed with Kotelnicki.
“We’re in a very fortunate position that allows us to work together with Firehouse Subs restaurants to raise funds that help provide lifesaving equipment locally and throughout the country,” said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Executive Director Robin Peters.
Since the inception of the nonprofit group in 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $37.7 million to public safety organizations in 47 states as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. Virginia has received more than $1.2 million in grants.
Seventy percent of money from the foundation comes from the restaurant chain’s fundraising efforts, Peters said.