By Scott Harvey
Commerce – The City of Commerce is holding an open house tomorrow to showcase its new ladder fire truck, or Quint, and Emergency Operations Center.
The public is invited to come and go as they please, anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the city's Police and Fire Station, 1103 Sycamore Street.
Former Mayor Sheryl Zelhart, Former Fire Chief Tommy Eaton, Former City Manager Bill Shipp and Former Texas A&M University-Commerce President Keith McFarland will be on hand for the event. All four were instrumental in bringing in the city's new fire truck, with the university funding approximately one-third of the $670,000 truck.
Citizens will also be able to observe the city's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which has been in constant use over the past week from the recent outbreak of the H1N1/Swine flu.
Officials last November received a non-matching $83,000 grant for its EOC through the State Homeland Security Program, and were authorized to begin purchasing items in January.
Refreshments will also be served throughout the event.