Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport this week unveiled a new $9 million airport rescue and firefighting station, reports Go Upstate.
The airport posted to Facebook, “The 24,000 square foot facility houses GSP’s fire department and serves as the center of emergency command operations for the entire airport campus.”
The fire station will have larger vehicle bays, additional storage, offices and training rooms and be staffed 24 hours a day.
The new fire station replaces the facility that has served the airport since its opening in 1962 — when there was one paid firefighter, several volunteers and one pumper truck. In 2017, the airport finished the expansion of the airport terminal to accommodate up to 4 million passengers a year.
The fire department has mutual aid agreements with several neighboring fire departments in Greenville and Spartanburg counties that are in the direct flight path of aircraft.