New emergency response station dedicated at Kona International Airport

Kona International Airport (Photo: Dept. of Transportation)

A new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station was dedicated at Kona International Airport Wednesday.

The new 24,000 square-foot facility includes five truck bays and a fueling area, along with improved work and living areas for firefighters, office space, dorm rooms and a workout area.

“The new ARFF station will enhance our readiness capabilities and help to ensure that our firefighters are prepared should emergencies occur at Kona International Airport,” said Ross Higashi, Deputy Director of the Airports Division. “This vital facility will help us to continue to provide a safe environment for our air travelers.”

Nearly 88 percent of the project funding for design and construction was provided by an Airport Improvements Program grant for $17 million, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. State funds covered the remaining $2.3 million.

The new station replaces the existing ARFF station which was originally built in 1980.

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