The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has been awarded more than $616,000 for a new rescue vehicle and related equipment.
Gov. Scott Walker last week announced the award of grant money which will also cover engineering services for a storm water management plan at the facility.
Gayle Stearn, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), said the new 1,500-gallon aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle will replace the airport’s current one from 1992.
In addition, new personal firefighting protective clothing and forcible entry tools are being purchased. The storm water management plan will assess the drainage at the airport and provide recommendations for any necessary improvements.
The funding breakdown for the project will be as follows: The state will contribute $34,452, the city of Rhinelander and Oneida County will also contribute $34,453 and the Federal Aviation Administration will contribute $616,992.
The project is already under way and is expected to be completed by fall 2014.
The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is one of 98 facilities included in the Wisconsin State Airport System Plan (SASP). It is classified as a commercial service airport, supporting regularly scheduled year-round commercial airline service and a full range of general aviation activity to domestic and international destinations.
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