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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013

Barry J. Centini, (570) 602-2000

Avoca, PA - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport recently purchased a new Quick Response Firefighting Vehicle, along with 24 sets of firefighting clothing.

The total cost of the project was $233,719.00.  Funding for the project was paid through Federal ($211,106) and State ($11,306) grants, as well as Airport and PFC funds ($11,307).

The fire truck is a Rosenbauer Airwolf (Class 2) Quick Response Vehicle.  The chassis is a 2012 Ford F550.  The vehicle holds 500 lbs. of dry chemical, 300 gallons of water, and 40 gallons of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF).  This new vehicle replaces the Airport's 1996 Walter/Ford Quick Response Vehicle.

This class of vehicle is used to rapidly respond to aircraft incidents, as well as respond to small incidents that typically happen at an airport, such as brush fires, car fires, and anything else that occurs in areas of the airport that a larger fire truck would have trouble getting to.

Barry Centini, Airport Director, said, "This new vehicle features the latest technology, and will enhance the Airport's firefighting capabilities."

From l to r: Michael Conner, Assistant Airport Director; Barry Centini, Airport Director; Commissioner Patrick O'Malley, Airport Board; James Butler, Airport Lead Fireman; Commissioner Corey O'Brien, Airport Board Vice-Chairman; Jack Davis, Airport Lead Fireman; Commissioner James Wansacz, Airport Board; Timothy McGinley, Airport Board Chairman; Rick Williams, Airport Board; and Stephen Mykulyn, Director - Engineering.

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