New Aircraft Rescue & Fire Station at Buffalo Airport

Facility holds ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday

Mike Baggerman
August 23, 2017 - 4:28 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – The Buffalo Niagara International Airport held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new aircraft rescue and firefighting station located next to the airport.

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The new facility will house the 41 men and women who help protect the lives and safety of the over four million passengers who use the Buffalo airport each year.

“This new location improves our response time and it significantly reduces the number of active taxiways and runways that our first responders need to cross when they respond to an emergency,” NFTA’s Executive Director Kimberly Minkel said. “Consider over the past two years we had over 1,000 responses that our team had to respond to. So it’s critical that we reduce those crossings so we can keep our responders and the public safe.”

The new facility will also provide responders with new equipment that will improve the health and safety of the first responders and their families.

Bill Vanecek, Director of Aviation at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said the 41 first responders work year-round to ensure the safety of the public.

“Since 1981, the unit has resided in the same facility at the airport which has become significantly outdated,” Vanecek said. “The new modern command and control facility, with its state-of-the-art technology, will enable our team to provide better response times, identify potential problems more quickly, enhance their training regimen, and improve communication with our mutual aid partners and the public.”

The new facility cost $11 million to create.

LISTEN: Announcement of new aircraft rescue and fire station at the Buffalo Airport

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