Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indian Tribal Council Members cut the ribbon as volunteer fire fighters drove their new fire rescue squad home to Fire Station 12 in Corning this week. Earlier this year, the Tribe granted Cal Fire $125,000 for the purchase of the vehicle.
“This generous donation allowed us to replace our aging rescue vehicle with one that has a greater carrying capacity of first responders and equipment such as the jaws-of-life and breathing apparatuses,” said Christine Thompson, Cal Fire, Unit Chief. “The rescue squad will carry equipment and personnel to medical emergencies, traffic collisions, and fires in the Corning area and southern Tehama County.”
“When we heard the fire station that served our community needed a rescue squad, we felt it was important to grant the funds to purchase one,” said Latisha Miller, Vice Chairperson of the Tribal Council. “This grant continues our tradition of partnering with our community to make Tehama County a safer, healthier place to live,”
“When minutes matter, the rescue squad will help save lives. The Tribe is honored and grateful to be able to donate the funds for such a vital resource to the County of Tehama,” said Andrew “Dru” Alejandre, Tribal Chairman.
The squad is not the first vehicle to roll into the area with help from the Tribe. In past years, the Tribe helped purchase an ambulance, a 75-foot ladder fire truck, and vital lifesaving equipment.