The Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Fire Department has a new home. Their new, modern fire station located on Mohave Road opened with a dedication ceremony and a ribbon-cutting May 8. The station is located at milepost 39, up the road from La Paz Regional Hospital.
Fire Chief Kitty Little addressed the crowd at the dedication ceremony, saying the station had been in the process for many years. The station includes large bays for their equipment, office space, living space for the firefighters, and training rooms.
Little said the department was established in 1983 with one station in Poston. She said she and her administrative assistant, Ingrid Stanley, had advocated for a new station for years, and they taught themselves how to write grants so they could apply for one from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 2016, HUD awarded a grant for $800,000. It was soon clear this would not be enough, so the CRIT Tribal Council allocated the remaining amount. She thanked HUD and the Tribal Council for funding the project.
“The firefighters are happy to have a place they can call home,” she said.
Little remarked that Stanley died last year, and she did not live to see the completion of the new station. The main training room at the new station was named for her. Noting that Stanley’s call number was 93, Little said the station was at the reversal of those numbers, milepost 39.
“She will always be with us,” Little said.
CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch also addressed the crowd. He said this station was needed in the community. He said that included not just the Tribes, but La Paz County and the Town of Parker as well.
“We are a tribal community, but we are within two other communities,” he said. “This is needed. This is infrastructure. You need things that will save lives.”
Patch thanked the firefighters from other districts in the area who attended the ceremony.
Tribal Vice Chairman Keith Moses thanked officials from different government entities who attended, and the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for helping with the ribbon-cutting.
Tribal Council Member Anissa Patch said Little and Stanley went “above and beyond” to get the grant for the fire station. She thanked the firefighters who respond to emergency calls every day.
Tribal Council Member Tommy Drennan said this was a sign that CRIT was moving forward. He said this is the sort of effort that’s needed to move the community forward.
“We’re welcoming each and every community to collaborate with us,” he said.