POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:14pm
LIBERTY CITY, TX — When the ice machine at the EZ Mart Store off FM 1252 caught on fire this past year, manager Tammy Hines knew exactly who to call.
The Sabine Volunteer Fire Department arrived in minutes, Hines said, quickly extinguishing the blaze. She credits the firefighters with saving the store.
Now, members of the volunteer fire department are asking for help from residents who live in their service area.
Sabine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Sisk said Tuesday the department is circulating petitions to call an election to create the second Gregg County Emergency Services District with taxing authority. Elderville Volunteer Fire Department in Lakeport is the only other ESD in Gregg County.
Sisk, who took over as chief in January, said the department has been trying to create an ESD for two years. The process officially started six to eight months ago, he said.
Historically, the Sabine VFD has operated on donations from the community as well as the Longview Bingo Center, but that’s just not enough, Sisk said.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.