The Dickey Foundation Provides Grant to Collin College Fire Academy

The Dickey Foundation hosts event to present Fire Academy with a grant valued over $20,000

Dallas, TX, April 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Dickey Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, will host an event for the Collin College Fire Academy offering a grant including life-saving equipment. 

The Dickey Foundation has provided a grant valued at more than $20,000 for a 6-Set Extractor and Drying Cabinet to the Collin College Fire Academy.  By donating this Extractor and Drying Cabinet, The Dickey Foundation is helping to create a significantly faster turnaround time to properly clean and sanitized PPE (personal protective equipment) for the firefighters, as well as provide more live fire training time for the recruits. The Collin College Fire Academy educates and trains hundreds of firefighters annually. Many of these new firefighters go to work for departments across North Texas. 

The event will take place at the Collin College Fire Academy on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:30 am located at 3600 Redbud Blvd., McKinney, Texas 75069. 

“Like all first responders, firefighters put their lives at risk every day,” said Laura Rea Dickeys, CEO of Dickeys Barbecue Pit. “We are honored to work alongside The Dickey Foundation and be able to offer some additional safety assistance to these extremely brave men and women with the Extractor and Drying Cabinet. I was shocked to learn the risks firefighters take extend beyond firefighting and field work but may include exposure to harmful chemicals if their personal protective gear isn’t cleaned properly. This is truly an underfunded area of need and we are glad to assist.”

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About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. 

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue concept, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 80 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all our barbecued meats are smoked onsite in a hickory wood burning pit. Dickey’s proudly believes there’s no shortcut to true barbecue and it’s why they never say bbq. The Dallas-based, family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with 'No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide with international locations in the UAE and Japan. Dickey’s Restaurant brands have over 550 locations nationwide. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list, was named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018 and was named to Hospitality Technology Industry Heroes in 2021. Led by CEO Laura Rea Dickey, who was named among the country’s 50 most influential women in foodservice in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News and was recognized as one of the top 25 industry leaders on Fast Casual’s 2020 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, Dickey's Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Fox News, Forbes Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal and QSR Magazine. For more information, visit


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