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, new emergency backup generator, expanded storage areas for equipment and supplies, new private restrooms with showers , renovated dormitories with new combined bed-workstation furniture for each firefighter, and a redesigned physical preparation room.

“It was extremely important to modernize the aging facility and support the first responders who help keep our passengers safe,” said El Paso Aviation Manager Sam Rodriguez. “This was a difficult project to undertake during the pandemic with staffing shortages, supply chain and material delays, however, I commend the team for seeing it through and completing this project.”

The cost of the project was $1.7 million and was paid for with funds from the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and airport company funds. The renovation project was part of the airport’s capital improvement program, approved by the El Paso City Council. No municipal tax dollars were used to fund this project.

The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station is located within the secure perimeter of the airport for rapid response to aircraft incidents. Firefighters assigned to the ARFF are specifically qualified to handle airborne emergencies. Firefighters undergo monthly training and annual certifications to ensure the airport remains FAR Part 139 certified. This certification allows ELP to accept commercial air traffic.

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