A gift of 20 lifesaving devices will keep Douglas County students safer as they begin the new school year.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation board of directors recently donated 20 electronic life support devices to the Douglas County School System.

The automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs, have a combined value of up to $26,000 and carry the potential to save the life of an employee or student, a news release stated.

The AEDs are portable, electric devices designed to deliver a shock to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Douglas County School System Health Coordinator Nancy McCready recently presented one of the AEDs to Bright Star Elementary School Principal Heather Fields to ensure that the device is available when a rescue is required.

The AED donation is designed to ensure that schools are prepared to provide lifesaving assistance on the scene if a student goes into cardiac arrest.

McCready said she is grateful for the donation. The devices will make a difference in the school community, she said.

“Having these devices readily available can save lives. This device is a tremendous gift that has the potential to impact every student that we serve.”

The donation is part of the sandwich restaurant chain’s mission of impacting the lifesaving capabilities and lives of heroes and their local community.

A portion of the purchases at all Firehouse Subs locations in the U.S. goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Since the Foundation started, it has donated more than $35 million to provide equipment, training and support to "hometown heroes."

Firehouse Subs co-founders Chris and Robin Sorensen established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to impact the lifesaving capabilities of communities.

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