As the wildfires in Yarnell Arizona continue to burn out of control, making it the deadliest wild land fire since 1933, 200 more firefighters arrived this week to help battle the blaze which was ignited by lightening. Monday, the wind-driven wildfire claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, making it the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. As makeshift memorials of flowers and American flags formed around the small mountain town, companies and near-by communities along with the American Red Cross wasted no time in answering the call to help those affected most.
IFA member Firehouse Subs through their Public Safety Foundation has already hit the ground from their Arizona restaurants, feeding first responders, volunteers and evacuees with their subs. The Foundation will give 200 subs per day for the next week to the American Red Cross for distribution, while also providing fire, police and EMS departments the opportunity to request life-saving equipment, replacing any equipment lost in the fires. IFA, which has donated to the Foundation’s efforts, encourages all companies to reach out in any way possible to help those victims who continue to be affected by the fires.
“We will remember the 19 firefighters always as heroes, for protecting the lives of the citizens in their state,” said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. “The IFA is committed to helping and assisting in any way possible those who are on the ground aiding in the recovery operations in Arizona.”
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon is currently accepting monetary donations to help provide food, water and beds at two shelters at Yavapai College and Wickenburg High School. The shelters are providing places to stay for those evacuated from their homes in the wake of the fire.
The IFA is keeping those impacted and families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers as firefighters continue to fight to control the deadly blaze. For more information of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, please click here. Please visit America Red Cross Disaster Relief to help and get involved.