AKWESASNE — The Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department has taken delivery of a new ladder truck.
A crowd of active and retired firefighters were on hand to accept delivery of the “Tower 94” ladder truck earlier this week.
The 2013 Rosenbauer Cobra aerial fire truck features a 101-foot extension ladder, capable of providing coverage of the upper reaches of the seven-story hotel at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.
CASINO TO CONTRIBUTE
The purchase was made possible through a $974,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The casino has made a commitment to repay $852,800 of that loan.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Gaming General Manager Pat Bassney said they are committed to the safety of Akwesasne, its surrounding communities and the guests who visit the facility.
“On behalf of the 950 employees and 1.5 million guests who enter the casino each year, we thank the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department for their commitment to the safety of our facility,” he said in a press release.
“We are excited to be able to provide them funding to purchase the tools that they need to protect the assets of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and handle fire emergencies as they arise.”
Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance talked about the importance of the mutual-aid agreements that their first-responders have in place with surrounding fire departments.
He said it is a testament to the significance of the investment in life-saving equipment.
Additional equipment and tools were purchased in the amount of $62,807, including hydraulic-powered extrication equipment.
Fire Chief Derek Comins said the department is fortunate now to have the capacity to carry so many tools and six firefighters, even though the ladder will not be needed in most calls.
“It’s a big tool box hauling equipment that will save our friends, family and neighbors,” he said.