Firefighters from Local 4099 this week endorsed Jason Nichols, D-Tahlequah, for the Second Congressional District of Oklahoma, citing his record of support for first responders.
“We at the Local 4099 have watched Jason Nichols go from a city employee to a city councilman and now, a second-term mayor,” Local 4099 President Jody Enlow said. “Along the way, he has made great improvements to our community and has fulfilled salary increases for not only firefighters, but for all city employees. The Local 4099 proudly supports Jason Nichols for Congress.”
As mayor of Tahlequah and as a former city councilman, Nichols has consistently worked with Local 4099 firefighters to ensure they procure crucial, state-of-the-art vehicles and modern bunker gear, including new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
He has also supported pay raises for firefighters and worked with city councilors and the fire department on securing funds to build a second fire station in the city while providing more fulltime firefighter positions, both of which have reduced response times to emergency calls across Tahlequah.
Through these accomplishments, many homeowners’ insurance rates decreased after the Tahlequah Fire Department recently obtained one of the best fire-protection ratings in the state.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Local 4099 Firefighters,” Nichols said. “I've always worked hard at the municipal level to ensure our local first responders were equipped with the proper vehicles, safety equipment and training they need to protect our community. Like police officers and medical professionals, firefighters work hard to serve their communities every day, and they deserve our respect and our unwavering support. I believe this endorsement is a testament to my record here in Tahlequah and of just how hard I will work to support first responders all across the Second Congressional District here in eastern Oklahoma.”