The Norman Transcript


December 8, 2013

Norman Fire Department receives new Gator ATV from Norman Firehouse Subs

NORMAN — The Norman Fire Department received a donation Tuesday from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the form of an All-Terrain Vehicle.

Fire Chief James Fullingim started up the engine to the fire department’s new Gator ATV and tested the flashing lights and loud siren.

Fullingim said it’s hard to convince people that a vehicle like this is not a toy. Even though it looks like a toy, it will be put to good use.

“The city likes to sell themselves as ‘The City of Festivals,’ and we have a lot of things going on,” he said, listing off numerous events, such as Jazz in June, May Fair, the Medieval Fair, Norman Music Festival, lots of parades and the University of Oklahoma’s home football games every fall.

“We have large crowds and we have difficulty maneuvering through those crowds, so this is what we can use to get through the crowds,” Fullingim said.

The gator carries medical equipment they can use to transport a sick or injured person out of the crowds, as well as a water tank they can use to put out small fires, he said.

“We can also use it for wildfires. There’s some places it’s difficult to even get the small trucks to,” he said.

Jim Costello, Firehouse Subs franchisee and area representative, said they were happy to help out and try to help Norman Fire Department with items that the city council can’t fund.

“We’re thankful for you guys and the work that you do and also really happy with being able to help out,” Costello said. “We are absolutely supportive of first responders.”

Costello told several stories about how the foundation helped fund things for first responders that ended up saving lives.

“So you never know what that little Gator vehicle out there is going to do. It’s gonna save somebody’s life, whether it’s you guys or a citizen that you serve,” he said.

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