FLINT TWP. — Last week, the Bishop International Airport Authority took delivery of a brand new Rosenbauer Panther 4×4 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle that was expected to enter service late last week, according to a press release.
The dual-purpose vehicle is designed to fight aircraft fires and protect an escape path in the event of a fire.
“With large aircraft serving seven nonstop destinations daily, the safety of our passengers is our number one priority,” said airport director Craig Williams. “We are fortunate to have this state-of-the-art equipment at our facility.”
The all-terrain truck, produced by Rosenbauer Firefighting Technology of Wyoming, Minnesota features a low attack bumper, capable of fighting fires as low as 18 inches off the ground. It can also hold 1,500 gallons of water, 500 pounds of dry chemical and 200 gallons of foam. The Panther 4×4 complements three other fire apparatus and support vehicles in use in the department.
The Airport purchased the $563,051 vehicle through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program paid 90 percent of the cost of the vehicle with the state and local share being 5 percent each.
“We’re happy to enhance airport safety with this new truck,” said Chris Miller, airport public safety chief. “The inspection is complete and as soon as the radios are installed, the vehicle will be ready for service.”