The Ho-Chunk Nation presented a $80,000 check to the Tomah Fire Department on Tuesday so they can buy a new department command vehicle.
Currently, the department is using an old truck from the 70's as their command and equipment vehicle.
A new command vehicle has been in the works for years, but even with the help of the city, and fundraising efforts by the firefighters, the department was still short on funds. Knowing how useful the vehicle could be the department turned to the Ho Chunk Nation for help.
“We are immensely happy to be able to do this,” said Henning Garvin, District 2 Representative of the Ho-Chunk Nation. “We recognize the nation in Tomah have a very mutually beneficial relationship for years. We have close to 400 tribal that live in Monroe County, most of them in the Tomah area, so we know are citizens as well as our neighbors will benefit as a result of this"
The department plans to put their new command vehicle to use sometime next year.