DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Dallas Fire Rescue has received a donation of mattresses to help firefighters rest between calls. BT Furnishings has four stores in North Texas and donated 86 mattresses to Dallas Fire Rescue Wednesday.
"Our purpose is everything," says BT Furnishing's Macee Boyer. "It's important we're giving back in a meaningful way."
Boyer says the company's owner aims to give 10,000 mattresses to organizations that need help over the next ten years. She says several people who work for the company saw social media posts about firefighters dealing with uncomfortable mattresses.
"Just knowing we're giving back to them for everything they do for us every day," she says. "They risk their lives day in and day out."
"To have a brand new mattress to contribute to the comfort needed when you're trying to lay down and get a good night's sleep means a lot to us," says Dallas Fire Rescue's Jason Evans.
Evans says a new mattress can help firefighters recover from the physical and mental stress of an emergency call. In turn, he says that will help crews have the energy they need for the next call.
"It's already difficult to get quality rest with the calls that come in, but when you get back to the station, you're battling the factors like adrenaline and the circumstances of the incident itself," he says.
In addition to giving firefighters a place to rest between calls, Evans says the mattresses will provide a place for them to read and study for promotional exams while on duty.
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