New Kona Airport Fire Station Dedicated
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.
“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.
“This vital facility will help us to continue to provide a safe environment for our air travelers.”
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.