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New Kona Airport Fire Station Dedicated

June 11, 2014, 1:12 PM HST
* Updated June 12, 10:04 AM
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A dedication ceremony was held today for a new aircraft rescue and fire-fighting station at Kona International Airport.

The new 24,000 square-foot facility includes five truck bays and a fueling area, along with improved work and living areas for firefighters, office space, dorm rooms and a workout area.

The Federal Aviation Administration provided nearly 90% of the funding for the $17 million facility, with the state covering the remaining $2.3 milllion.

The facility replaces a station built in 1980.

A variety of officials were on hand for today's dedication of the fire-fighting facility at Kona International Airport. Courtesy photo.

A variety of officials were on hand for today’s dedication of the fire-fighting facility. Courtesy photo.

“The new ARFF station will enhance our readiness capabilities and help to ensure that our fire-fighters are prepared should emergencies occur at Kona International Airport,” said Ross Higashi, deputy director of the state Department of Transportation’s Airports Division.

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“This vital facility will help us to continue to provide a safe environment for our air travelers.”

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Groundbreaking for the Kona airport fire station was held in May 2013 during a celebration also marking the dedication of a new $35 million air traffic control tower.

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