Ariba(R), Inc., announced that its employees, families and friends will today present the New York City Fire Department with a new Seagrave Pumper fire truck for Squad 18.
Squad 18 lost seven men and its vehicle during the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The squad is a part of the Department’s Special Operations Command and is located in Manhattan.
After a formal blessing of the truck by the Fire Department Chaplain, a team of employees, families and friends from California-based Ariba, who were instrumental in raising funds to purchase the truck, will present the vehicle to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and members of Squad 18.
“After five months of relentless and creative fund raising efforts, it’s with great pleasure and pride that we will present this fire truck to Squad 18 and the New York City Fire Department today,” said Michael Robertson, an Ariba employee, who spearheaded the fund raising project. “While those of us on the fund raising committee were determined to reach our goal of $350,000, we couldn’t have done it without the support of all Ariba employees and management, and without the inspiration from the courageous men and women lost during the unforgettable September 11 events.”
“The New York City Fire Department is grateful for the outpouring of support from the employees of Ariba,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “Their generosity and selflessness demonstrate how deeply affected this country has been by the terrible events of September 11th. We will never forget Ariba’s kindness in our greatest time of need.”