Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has NEVER had a fire department to respond to structural fires of any type. It has always been an idea on the table, but never has been pursued.
There is an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home (a home which may only have two to three rooms). Some larger homes, built for 6 to 8 people, have up to 30 people living in them.
According to Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management, in the past 5 years, approx. 50 homes have been destroyed by fires with 11% resulting in loss of life. Imagine the total loss in the past 20 years!
Without basic insulation or central heating in their homes, many residents on the Pine Ridge Reservation use their ovens to heat their homes which increases the chance of fires by 69%.
Recent reports vary but many point out that the median income on the Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year. The highest amount of $3,500 equates to $145 every 2 weeks.
There are VERY few reputable small non-profit organizations attempting to sincerely assist the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in their efforts to resolve and mitigate existing problems. However, funding for these programs is currently highly limited
The world renown historical church at the Wounded Knee Massacre Site was completely destroyed by a fire in 2020. The historical church at that time could have been saved if there was a structural volunteer fire department. Thus, led to the creation of Alpha One Fire & Rescue
Pine Ridge Reservation spans a massive 3,469sq miles or 2.1 million acres. Thats 11.5x bigger than New York City.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is so large, there is a total of 3 counties that reside inside its jurisdiction. Talk about a Sunday drive!
Alpha One VFD is in the Wounded Knee District in the Crazy Horse community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Alpha One is managed by enrolled members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe with no political affiliation with the Oglala Sioux Tribe or its entities.
The mission and goal for Alpha One is to provide property and life saving measures to the Lakota Nation. While it is one of our biggest challenges to cover the entire Reservation, it is our duty and honor to provide a sense of safety to the Lakota Nation. As we begin our journey, we look to be centralized in the heart of the Reservation first to provide fire safety.
Alpha One will be the first of its kind operating on the second largest Federally Recognized Tribal Reservation in the United States.
Alpha One main priority is to provide fire safety to rural areas. While many homes have been destroyed by fires in the past, Alpha One will answer the call and lead the way to fire protection of the Lakota people's homes and properties. While we train our volunteers in structural fire, we also plan to train them as wildland fire fighters. Alpha One will provide the best of both in fire safety to the Lakota Nation in the most isolated rural communities.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our missions.
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