03.04.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $2.1 MILLION COMING TO ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR VITAL EMERGENCY RESCUE AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Grant Will Fund Purchase of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicle, Two High-Capacity Snow Brooms, Runway Snow-Blower to Replace Equipment Over 15 Years OldSchumer: Safe and Dependable Airport Service is Critical to Capital Region

    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $2,141,800 from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase a new aircraft rescue vehicle and new snow removal equipment. Paid through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the grant will enhance the airport's emergency response and operational standards.

 

"This is great news for the Albany region and for travelers who use Albany International," said Schumer. "Safe and dependable airport service is critical to the Capital Region's future so we need to guarantee that the airport remains a hub to keep that economic engine running. I will fight to keep this type of grant coming to the Capital Region and to New York state."

 

Albany International Airport will purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, two highcapacity snow brooms, and one runway snowblower to replace equipment manufactured over fifteen years ago. The new rescue truck will have a 3,000 gallon tank to fight fires in an emergency.

 

"This is Upstate New York - those old snowblowers have seen their share of storms over the last 15 years," Schumer added. "The time is right for Albany International Airport to receive this new equipment so they can improve safety and services."



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