The second location of Firehouse Subs in Barrie is not just good news for those who love the food, it’s a boon for First responders as well.
“It is so important that we can make a difference in the community,” said Nilam Shah, who co-owns both Firehouse Subs locations in Barrie with his nephew Ravish. “(In the) last three, four years we have donated a lot of equipment to police and paramedics, and we have also worked with the Elizabeth Fry Society and Salvation Army. One more location means more money, more funding for us to provide to our first responders.”
Shah has regular conversations with police, fire, and paramedic services, to determine what their needs are. The most recent donation was a $45,000 drone to Barrie Police. To date, more than $130,000 in equipment has been donated to local First Responders, with another $50,000 awaiting approvals.
Some of the money used for donations comes from the sale of the buckets Firehouse Subs receives its pickles in.
“When we empty those, we want to, instead of discarding them, sell them for $3 which goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Community members get to use them for a token price compared to what they would pay in a big box store.”
And let’s not forget the reason you went there in the first place…the subs. “When you take a bite you will feel all the juices coming out of the meat. It is something that you have to experience before you know what I’m talking about. All our meats are sliced every morning, and the same thing with the cheese. All our subs are piled high, full of flavours, and delicious.”
Firehouse Subs can be found in Park Place in Barrie’s south end, and on Bayfield Street in the north end.
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