Welcome to Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD) Website
Celebrating 60 years of service
A fire in Akwesasne in March 1954 that claimed the lives of
seven children and destroyed a family home represented the
beginning of the Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department,
which is celebrated its 60th anniversary jubilee Saturday
August 02, 2014.
The department started in March 1954 after seven children died
when the Cree family home burned to the ground. This family
tragedy is considered to be the begining of the Hogansburg
Volunteer Fire Department. It was because of this family's loss
and courage to go on that the local people started to organize a
With Edgar Reyome, who ran a grocery store, as their leader and
first chief, a handful of men started with one used engine,
which they parked in Reyome's backyard. Hubert Lantry, another
storekeeper, donated an old garage for a firehouse. This
building had a loft that was used as a meeting room.
In 1960 the Hogansburg Volunteer Fire Dept. build a new station of cinder block construction, 100 by 60 feet. The company had three pieces of apparatus and was equipped for mutual aid assistance. James Rouselle was chief in 1960 succeeding Edgar Reyome, who held that post for six years. Other officers included Hurbert Lantry, President; Francis Donahue, Secretary; and Syl Morin, Treasurer.