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Jackson Co. opens new fire station at Trent Lott Int'l Airport

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Firefighting and emergency response are soaring to new heights with the opening of a new $609,000 fire station on site at Trent Lott International Airport. The Jackson County Airport Authority is holding a grand opening ceremony today for the new Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Facility (ARFF).

"This facility marks a major milestone for Trent Lott Int'l Airport," Rex Foster, Airport Authority Chairman said. "One of our strategic goals is to establish regularly scheduled passenger flights at the airport. This Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Facility represents a vital step toward future passengers."

The Federal Aviation Administration requires all airports with commercial and scheduled passengers to have firefighting personnel and equipment on a runway within three minutes of notification of an incident.

"Our new facility will meet this high safety standard," Carol Snapp, Airport Director explains. "The front doors of the fire truck bays are just 500 yards from the center of the runaway."

The new facility will be manned by firefighters from the Moss Point Fire Department through an inter-local cooperation agreement between the City of Moss Point and the Jackson County Airport Authority. The Airport Authority will provide the facilities, equipment, and the required specialized fire training.

"Safety is our number one concern with the flight school," said Cliff Ryan, Leatherneck Aviation Flight School, who works at the airport. "Our staff and students commend the work of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Airport Authority for constructing the ARFF."

The ARFF will also be able to support upcoming flight tests for Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center which is located on site at the airfield.

"We're very excited that the ARFF Station has become a reality. Its close proximity to our facility and the fire suppression capabilities it provides add another measure of confidence to the work we do," said Bryan Mahoney, Unmanned Systems Site Manager.

The ARFF was designed by the Airport Development Group and constructed by Advance Building Specialists. The facility will accommodate a four person fire-rescue shift and necessary equipment. The 3,910 sq. ft. building consists of two truck bays, comfortable living quarters for 24-hour fire coverage, and an emergency generator.

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