On Saturday, the Central Florida chapter of the Gary Sinise Foundation and Mission Barbeque hosted a “serving heroes” luncheon for the men and women of the Mims Volunteer Fire Department. During the luncheon the Central Florida GSF chapter surprised the MVFD with $35,000 worth of critical communications equipment.

The much-needed equipment will be used in its ambulances, fire trucks and fire station to help first responders communicate effectively and save lives.

“We were overwhelmed when that equipment walked through the doors,” said MVFD Chief Ryan Hunt. “Never in a million years. The equipment will make a huge difference in the community. Any life-saving equipment comes with a hefty price tag, making it difficult for a small municipal department like ours to keep up with what we really need to save lives.”

The equipment received was part of the foundation’s first responder grant program, which is available to first responders across the country. The program provides funding and equipment to ensure the country’s first responders have what they need to perform their duties.

“We are deeply committed to standing with our first responders and those indispensable to the safety of our nation,” said retired U.S.A.F. General Robin Rand, CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Central Florida chapter president Karen Connors added, “Providing this much-needed equipment is a perfect example of how creating chapters for the Gary Sinise Foundation can expand support and awareness regionally; specific to the needs of the region and those amazing people who bravely serve and protect it.”

The Mims Volunteer Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department founded in October of 1958.

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