A fleet of seven new fire trucks arrived to the Navajo Nation on July 16, according to an official Facebook post. They will replace an aging fleet that has been used for many years.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council gathered with local firefighters at Navajo Veterans Memorial Park in Window Rock, Ariz., on July 17 to see the new fleet and congratulate Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services Fire Chief Larry Chee and his team for their accomplishment. Fire Chief Larry Chee was instrumental in developing legislation to allocate a portion of Navajo Nation tax revenue to provide more revenue and resources for the Navajo Nation Fire Department.
The Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services operates 24/7 to provide fire protection, education, and medical services across the Navajo Nation. Prior to the passage of the legislation, the biggest challenge was inadequate funding for personnel, personnel training, equipment, and community education.