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Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., recently contributed $5,000 to the Providence Canteen, a service that provides extended incident rehabilitation for fire, police, state and federal agencies.
Operated by volunteers and routinely used to respond to building fires, hazmat incidents, brush fires, police operations, searches and training exercises, the Providence Canteen provides cold beverages and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to first responders, as well as hot meals for responders on any scene that exceeds four hours.
“We are so proud to support the Providence Canteen,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “These volunteers provide an invaluable service at a time when it’s needed most, for both first responders and victims of these incidents, and we hope that this donation will prompt other organizations and individuals to lend their support to help keep the Providence Canteen on the road for years to come.”
The canteen, formerly known as the Special Signal Fire Association in 1968, began with a station wagon that delivered Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in downtown Providence. In 1969, the Salvation Army partnered with the association, helping it purchase a canteen truck, which now makes more than 550 runs every year. •