AKWESASNE - The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort donated $852,800 to the Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday to cover the remaining costs of a new ladder truck.
Tower 94 is a 101-foot ladder truck built in 2013 and purchased by the department last December, with funds for the original purchase coming from a loan and grant by the United States Department of Agriculture totaling $974,070.
The fire department originally intended to pay for the truck in installments over a 20-year period.
Efforts to purchase a new ladder truck had been in progress since 2011 when construction began on the gaming and hotel expansion at the casino. The truck was considered essential to comprehensive protection of the area as the departments former truck, at 75 feet, could only reach the first five floors of the hotel.
The new Tower 94 can fully accommodate the seven-story hotel and will replace a 100-foot 1992 model ladder truck purchased by the Akwesasne Convenience Store Association in 2012 as a temporary replacement after the 75-foot truck suffered mechanical problems.
HAVFD is our communitys lifeline to emergency responsiveness and is founded on volunteerism. HAVFD also services calls through out the north country, so any addition to their fleet is beneficial to us all, Nicole Terrance of the casino said. As a tribal member and resident of the north country my entire life, I am proud to see our advancements in these areas.
The HAVFD has received more than $1.8 million in new equipment since 2012, including the replacement truck and 40 new air packs.