The Cayuga Nation has donated $70,000 to the Union Springs Fire Department for a new Medical Rescue vehicle that better suits the needs of the community.
Members of the Cayuga Nation Tribal Council visited the Union Springs Fire Department facility today to hand deliver the check.
The new Medical Rescue vehicle will house essential medical materials, including lifesaving vehicle rescue tools, wildland equipment and ice rescue supplies. Unlike the department’s current vehicle, this new model has four-wheel drive, allowing for more efficient navigation in winter weather and in conditions when first responders must leave the roadway to get to the site of an emergency.
“The Cayuga Nation has always been a good neighbor and a positive force that makes sure we have what we need to protect the community,” said Union Springs Fire Department Chief Garret Waldron. “We appreciate the outstanding working relationship we have with the Cayuga Nation and their continued support.”
“The Cayuga Nation is committed to giving back to the community and being good neighbors wherever we can,” said Cayuga Nation Leader and Federal Representative Clint Halftown. “Members of the Union Springs Fire Department put their lives in harm’s way every day to keep our community safe, and we are proud to help them access the equipment and resources they need to do their important work.”
The Cayuga Nation in September 2020 made the largest equipment donation to date, giving the Union Springs Fire Department $200,000 for new MSA air packs, spare bottles and MSA masks for every department member. That support, coupled with the new Medical Rescue vehicle, will better equip the Union Springs Fire Department to keep the residents of Union Springs, Springport and Cayuga Lake as safe as possible.
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