New Aircraft Rescue Vehicle Unveiled at Easterwood Airport

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Texas A&M has a new way to respond to airport emergencies.

Texas A&M and Easterwood Airport unveiled its newest state-of-the-art aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle Thursday at Easterwood Airport.

The rescue vehicle cost $650,000 and was purchased through a grant from the FAA. Texas A&M will own and maintain the vehicle while the cities of Bryan and College Station along with Brazos County will provided the operational costs.

The new rescue vehicle means a lot to Easterwood Airport in keeping up with its day to day operations.

"In order for the airlines to come to Easterwood we have to have the capability of providing aircraft rescue and firefighting. It takes a very unique vehicle and very unique training to be able to provide that service," said John Happ, Director of Aviation at Easterwood Airport.

The vehicle is required to respond to emergencies at the airport within three minutes and firefighters must always be on call.

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