Watertown (NY) International Airport’s $6M Firefighting Facility Almost Done

The Watertown International Airport houses nine trained firefighters.

The Watertown (NY) International Airport’s new $6 million firefighting facility is about 99% complete, reports nny360.com.

Airport officials say the new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building just needs a few final touchups, which are already in progress. Construction began last June.

The building houses the airport’s firefighting equipment, maintenance equipment, and serves as an operational base for the airport’s maintenance staff, the report says.

The hangar meets all FAA and National Fire Protection Agency requirements, officials say, and allows crews to reach any point on the runways within three minutes.

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Owned and operated by Jefferson County, the Watertown International Airport houses nine trained firefighters who all work at the airport in other capacities.

The ARFF building has high-capacity filling pumps for the airport’s two engines; the main hangar has a high-capacity ventilation system; there’s a decontamination room; there’s a training room where new hires can learn any of the 75 subjects an airport firefighter must know; and bunks for long-term stays, the report says.

The new digs also features the airport’s first full, commercial-grade kitchen, while there’s a plan brewing to add an air ambulance hangar.

The facility was built using 97.5% state and federal grant money; the 2.5% that had to come from Jefferson County itself was entirely from airport-generated revenue.

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