According to a report from TribLive, a five-year plan for the continued development of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, includes proposes additions to firefighting equipment.
Under the five-year plan, the Westmoreland County Airport Authority (WCAA) is considering augmenting its two airport fire trucks and expanding the building where they store firefighting and rescue equipment at estimated costs of more than $1.26 million and $1.6 million, respectively. The authority would seek funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to cover most of those project costs.
WCAA Executive Director Gabe Monzo said the existing trucks provide sufficient protection for current flights at the airport, which are mostly Airbus planes with a maximum capacity of 175 passengers and an occasionally larger version that can seat up to 200 or more.
If the larger planes were to visit regularly, he said, the airport would need a new fire truck, possibly one capable of carrying more water. A 1993 fire truck the airport currently has would act as a backup unit.
In 2020, 123,511 passengers passed through the airport’s terminal, compared to 309,817 in 2019.