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Airport unveils new fire, rescue station

January 17, 2007

Albany -- A new fire station at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport improves safety for planes landing and taking off from Albany.

At the sound of an alarm the airport fire and rescue team will respond within minutes to emergencies at the airport. Airport staffers unveiled its new 6,000 square foot fire station to members of the aviation commission and community.

It cost $1.8 million to build and furnish with trucks, furniture, and other equipment for the specially trained staff.

"No place else in the city do we have officers who are trained not only to fight aircraft fires, but are also able to respond in case of a TSA emergency, or any kind of law enforcement action. Their jurisdiction is within the perimeter fence of this airport," said airport director Yvette Aehle.

The six-person fire and rescue team completed specialized firefighter and police training. The facility is the fire, rescue and law enforcement center of the airport.

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