Cherokee Nation Helps Tahlequah Fire Department Buy Extraction Equipment

The Cherokee Nation donated more than $14,000 to the Tahlequah Fire Department to help the station buy extraction equipment.

“In our capital city, it’s important for the Cherokee Nation to support the infrastructure development of the community. That includes making sure Tahlequah’s first responders are fully equipped to handle any emergency situation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We are proud to support these brave men and women who diligently work to protect us all and ensure our citizens, Cherokee and non-Cherokee alike, remain as safe as possible.” 

The equipment will be used on a new rescue truck for the fire station on the south side of Tahlequah.

“It’s tremendous to have the tribe’s help,” said Fire Chief Ray Hammons, of the Tahlequah Fire Department. “I know the rural areas get a little boost and help every now and then, but we here at the Tahlequah Fire Department protect a lot of Cherokee Nation property, and it is nice to partner with the tribe and to receive their help.”

The Cherokee Nation donated $451,000 to 129 rural and city fire departments earlier this summer during the tribe’s annual volunteer firefighters’ ceremony.

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