The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

November 13, 2013

Big step toward new fire engine

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Fire-Rescue Department is a little closer to getting a new fire engine, thanks to a major contribution from an anonymous donor.

Greenville City Council members asked City Manager Massoud  Ebrahim in September if a way could be found to purchase a new engine, as one of the department’s two reserve pumper trucks came into service in 1993 and has been the source of repeated maintenance issues.

Ebrahim has said he did not intend to issue debt to pay for the truck, which would cost approximately $750,000.

Ebrahim told the council Tuesday that he had created an account, using $200,000 left over from certificates of obligation issued earlier this year. Ebrahim has said he intends to build on the account until it reaches the $500,000 range, before considering financing for another fire engine.

“I’m happy to announce that a donor has donated $150,000,” Ebrahim said, adding that the donor wished to remain anonymous. “I personally deposited it to our city account.”

Ebrahim said there is now approximately $350,000 in the bank toward the cost of a new fire engine and that he would continue to try and find additional contributions.

“I’ll brief you if I get any more money,” he said.

Council member James Evans said Ebrahim was to be commended for his work.

“And the donor as well,” Evans said.