Waukegan (IL) Fire Department Receives New ARFF to Protect Waukegan Airport

The Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 ARFF truck cost approximately $750,000 and replaced the department's current ARFF truck.

According to a report from Lake & McHenry County Scanner, the Waukegan (IL) Fire Department (WFD) has taken receipt of a new aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) truck to respond to the Waukegan Airport. The vehicle replaces the WFD’s current 30-year-old truck.

On Friday afternoon, the WFD held a dedication ceremony at the Waukegan National Airport on 3530 North McAree Road.

The Waukegan Fire Department along with the Waukegan Port District, Waukegan National Airport, and all the Tenants of…

Posted by Waukegan Fire Department on Friday, March 19, 2021

The ceremony began with WFD Chief George Bridges, Jr. addressing attendees and members of the media.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, Waukegan Port District Chairman Grant Farrell, and Waukegan National Airport General Manager Skip Goss also spoke at the event. Following their remarks, the WFD presented the new Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 ARFF truck.

The vehicle cost approximately $750,000 and replaced the WFD’s current ARFF truck, which was 30 years old and beyond economic repair. The truck was funded by the Waukegan Airport tenants and Waukegan Port District.

Following the ceremony, firefighters pushed the apparatus into the WFD Station #5, which is located on the airport property.

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