HOUSTON - With the support of a community, the Central Fire Department in Houston is being renovated with new paint and a new office. The department also has a new pumper fire truck to add to their fleet. However, fire departments rely on much of the community to help with equipment and other needs. One such way they do so is by fundraisers.
The CFD will be the recipient of proceeds from a spaghetti supper hosted by Houston Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 4887 County Road 63, which will take place Friday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. The plates are take out only at the church, though the CFD will be having an open house at the time. The plates are $10 and comes with either spaghetti and meatballs with marinara or Firefighter’s Chicken Spaghetti. A tossed salad, bread and dessert will be included.
“Proceeds will benefit the fire department, hopefully to get a new AED and much-needed life-saving equipment,” Cheryl Tucker, member of the department, said.
The department has been able to purchase a new fire truck with financing through Bank First. It is a 1997 Ford model which has a capacity of 1,000 gallons and pumps at a rated 1,250 gallons per minute. It was purchased from Deep South Fire Trucks in Jackson, Miss. Even though it is an older model, it has less than 17,000 miles on it, so it is expected to last for years.
“The fire department is truly blessed,” Tucker continued. “We have some of the best in the department we’ve had in years. We have some of the best equipment we’ve ever had. Our fire chief goes above and beyond. We have a community that really cares.”
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