Grant will aid first responders, Moore healthcare facility

Shane Cohea, Norman Regional Director of Safety and Security, (left) presents a certification of appreciation to Jim Costello, (right) area representative for Firehouse Enterprises, for Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s recent grant that will benefit public safety in Moore, Oklahoma.

Norman Regional Health Foundation was recently awarded a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The grant will fund a bi-directional amplifying system for the new Norman Regional Moore facility.

Through the efforts of the Norman Regional Health Foundation and a $62,353 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the security department at Norman Regional Moore will have additional safety instruments in place to aid first responders during safety situations. The bi-directional amplifying system is technology that enhances in-building signals across a range of frequencies and applications.

These tools have only been developed since 2015 and will now allow the necessary communication between the health system and first responders such as paramedics, police, and fire during times of need.

Funding for this grant award was made possible through a nationwide Round Up campaign at local Firehouse Subs restaurants which raised $210,336 after the EF 5 tornado struck Moore in 2013.

“The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant will allow our emergency responders including (EMSSTAT, Security, and Police) utilize their handheld radios within the building structure,” said Shane Cohea, Norman Regional Health System’s Director of Safety and Security. “By constructing a poured in place concrete facility it has limited the ability to send and receive normal or emergent calls via radio. This grant has allowed us to install a repeater system inside the structure to make sure the radios function in every part of the facility. This gift has been a blessing to Norman Regional and those that we serve.” 

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)3, Firehouse Subs has given $18 million to hometown heroes in 45 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $383,000 in Oklahoma. The Norman Regional Health Foundation enhances excellent health care by advancing patient programs, supporting community health and wellness initiatives and awarding health-related scholarships.

Norman Regional Health Foundation raises and distributes funds that support the lifesaving work of Norman Regional Health System. The Foundation was established in 1983 and is governed by a board of community volunteers. The Foundation provides funding to advance patient programs, purchase cutting-edge medical equipment, and provide scholarships to students in health care related fields. For more information about Norman Regional Health Foundation, visit

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