Help first responders be better equipped to save lives when you make a donation through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s “Book of Giving.” According to the digital and print fundraising catalog, there are  more than two-dozen “most requested” pieces of equipment.

Donors can contribute money toward lightweight personal protective equipment (PPE), which costs $700, for use during wildfires and other extreme conditions in forests and other natural spaces. Donations also can be directed toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a portable, battery-operated device that permits first responders, schools and the public to be ready to offer life-saving assistance on the scene when someone goes into cardiac arrest. An AED costs $1,500. Donations also are needed to help first response organizations purchase rescue boats for use during floods and other water emergencies. These boats cost $15,000 to $35,000.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was started in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane, Firehouse Subs founders Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen traveled to Mississippi, where they fed first responders and survivors. They knew they could do more to help people in need so they began the foundation. To view the “Book of Giving,” visit