The Federal Aviation Association wants smaller airports across the country to replace outdated emergency equipment in case of a tragedy. That includes airports which don’t get a lot of commercial traffic, like the Wendover Airport (UT).
To make these upgrades possible the FAA provides grant money, but the airport has to match some of that money to receive the entire grant.
In Wendover, airport managers needed a new up-to-date fire truck. Because of budget woes in Tooele County, where the airport resides, managers weren’t sure how they would pay it. That was, until some local businesses stepped up to help.
Right now, Wendover Airport only has one flight in and out every day, but more flights are being talked about — five years ago there were none.
“We’ve gone from zero to 60,000 passengers a year in that period of time,” said airport manager Jim Petersen.
That’s why when $50,000 was needed as part of the FAA’s grant, casinos in town wanted to help. They knew Tooele County didn’t have the money.
The airport’s brand new, $500,000 fire truck arrived two weeks ago.
“It’s got the dry chemicals on it, (because) we need to fight the fires like fuel fires,” Bateman said. “It’s got foam on it to suppress the flames for rescue if that ever becomes an issue.”
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