JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE HANDS COUNTY KEYS TO TWO NEW FIRE TRUCKS

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By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

Photo, left:  Kenneth Meza, Vice Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council, addresses attendees.

March 24, 2017 (Jamul) -- Fighting fires in the East County just got a little easier thanks to the Jamul Indian Village Tribe, which handed over the keys to two fire trucks to the San Diego Fire Authority at a ceremony that was held March 22 on the premises of the Hollywood Casino in Jamul.

Kenneth Meza, Vice Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council, and Governor Jerry Brown's Tribal Adviser and Native American Heritage Commission Executive Secretary, Judge Cynthia Gomez, addressed the attendees as well as other dignitaries.

The two new trucks are a $ 1 million ladder truck and a$500,000 pumper truck.

“These trucks represent more than fire safety,” said Andrew Hayes, district representative for Senator Joel Anderson.

Photo, right:  Governor Jerry Brown's Tribal Adviser and Native American Heritage Commission Executive Secretary, Judge Cynthia Gomez

The vehicles donated are part of a multi-million-dollar Fire and Life Services Agreement between the County of San Diego and the Tribe, which operates the new Hollywood Casino Jamul-Casino that opened for business in 2016.