Tucson International Airport gets state-of-the-art fire fighting truck

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 2:17 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department will soon be able to tackle even more emergencies with their new aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) truck, which according to its manufacturer, Oshkosh, is one of only 100 they've sold so far.

"The Oshkosh-exclusive Snozzle sets the industry standard, and we're really proud to place our 100th Snozzle-equipped apparatus on duty with Tucson International Airport," Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager, said in a news release.

The company said the firefighting system in the truck features a 50-foot Snozzle, an electric joystick controlled front bumper turret, and an 3,000-gallon (11,356-liter) water tank.

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"Safety is a top priority for the Tucson Airport Authority," TAA President and CEO Bonnie Allin said. "Having the right equipment for our public safety personnel is critical, particularly when it comes to our aircraft rescue and firefighting trucks. We're excited to welcome the new truck to TAA's Fire Department."

Fire battalion chief Thomas Tucker said crews are already in training to learn how to operate the new truck. The truck, which was delivered in July, is already up and running, though the training is set to last throughout the month.

"These trucks are always available and always on standby for any type of incident that may happen," said Tucker.

Spokesperson for the Tucson Airport Authority Jessie Butler said the total cost of the truck is a little more than $830,000. She said it's being paid for by three sources.

"The majority of the funding is through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and with this program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is paying for the largest majority of the cost with 91.06 percent of the cost being covered through the AIP," said Butler. "The state aeronautics fund has provided a grant that matches TAA's contribution to cover the rest."

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