New fire truck comes from donated funds

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Fire Chief Ross Rivera and Volunteer Burton Hilton show off Ely’s new firetruck

The Ely Times

Next time you hear sirens, or see lights, it may be the new fire truck that the City of Ely received.

This new state-of-the-art Engine 1 will take the place of Engine 7, which has served the community for the past 33 years. The funding for this engine was provided by a generous grant of $434,087 from the William N. Pennington Foundation in Reno.  The William N. Pennington Foundation was formed by the late William N. Pennington, a gaming industry pioneer and philanthropist, providing grants to primarily Northern Nevada based organizations in the area of Education, Community Services, Health Care, and Medical Research.

Chief Ross Rivera said, “Without the extremely generous gift from the William N. Pennington Foundation, the purchase of this critical piece of firefighting equipment for the Ely Volunteer Fire Department would not have been possible. We are so appreciative and grateful to have Engine 1, to help us continue to serve all of White Pine County as we have for the past 112 years.”

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  1. Cliff Kitchener says:

    Now that has happened, I wonder why the city of Ely should donated the great white elephant, to the county fire district? Just wondering.

  2. Ralph Estell says:

    Congrats EVFD… A Great Truck for a Great Department

    Best Regards,
    Ralph Estell
    (EVFD 1991-1995)
    Riverton (WY) VFD – Training CAPT and Past Chief

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