Tribe Donates Fire Truck to Bombay Fire Department

May 12, 2011

The Hogansburg/Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD), along with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe recently donated a 1986 Pierce fire truck to the Bombay Volunteer Fire Department. In the spring of 2010, the truck was donated to the Hogansburg/ Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe through the Indian Health Services program, Operation TransAm. This program donates surplus government equipment to Indian tribes. The truck was originally ordered by the U.S. Navy and was placed at Chicago’s O'Hare Airport. Most recently it was assigned to a Veteran’s Administration hospital near White River Junction, VT.

The donation is seen as a win-win for the HAVFD and Akwesasne. The fire station has no room to house the truck and it had been placed outside since its arrival. The truck will still protect the Akwesasne community since Bombay is part of the HAVFD mutual aid plan. As part of a response to any large fires in Akwesasne, the Bombay Volunteer Fire Department would respond with the donated truck.