• May 25, 2022
 Airport Showcases Completed Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station Renovations

Airport Showcases Completed Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station Renovations

The City of El Paso and El Paso International Airport (ELP) are proud to announce that renovations to the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station are complete.

Project improvements include upgraded heating and cooling systems, electrical and lighting systems, a new backup emergency generator, expanded storage areas for equipment and supplies, new private restrooms with showers, renovated sleeping quarters with new bed-workstation combination furniture for each firefighter, and a redesigned physical training room.

“It was extremely important to modernize the aging facility and support the first responders that help keep our passengers safe,” El Paso Director of Aviation Sam Rodriguez said. “This was a challenging project to take on during the pandemic with staffing shortages, delays in the supply chain and materials, however, I commend the team for seeing it through and bringing this project to a close.”

The cost of the project totaled, $1.7M and was paid for with Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) funds and airport enterprise funds. The renovation project was a part of the Airport Capital Improvement Program, approved by the El Paso City Council. No city tax dollars were used in the funding of this project.

The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting station is located within the secured perimeter of the airport to be able to respond to aircraft incidents quickly. The firefighters assigned to ARFF are specifically skilled to handle aircraft emergencies. The firefighters undergo monthly training and annual certifications to ensure that the airport remains FAR Part 139 certified. This certification allows ELP to accept commercial air traffic.

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