Construction will soon begin on a new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting facility at Atlantic City International Airport. An official groundbreaking ceremony for the $14.3 million facility on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 am at the airport will launch the start of construction.
The 40,700 square foot facility will replace the existing decades-old station which has been leased from the FAA Technical Center located in the airport complex. Coinciding with the expiration of the lease, the development of a new facility will better meet the demands and space requirements for a state-of-the-art rescue and firefighting facility at the airport.
"Our folks have been working in an outdated facility that is far too small to handle the number of emergency vehicles operated by the fire department. With the new center, we will have the technological advances, new equipment necessary to respond to high-level threats,” said Bart Mueller, executive director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the owner and operator of the airport.
The design and plans for the ARFF station adhere to specifications governed by FAA design guidelines which establish functional requirements for classes of airport. Atlantic City International Airport is a Class C airport.
The bi-level ARFF station will be comprised of three main areas. Five drive-through apparatus bays will permit vehicles to drive into the rear of the bay and be immediately poised to access the airport for the any emergency. It is designed to be able to handle the possibility of larger, more technologically advanced vehicles in the future.
The maintenance and storage component of the ARFF station will include a shop, firefighting equipment and chemicals and storage rooms.
Improved living and administrative areas will be addressed by the new facility. The administrative section is designed to accommodate the business functions of the department such as reporting, maintaining files, monitoring alarm systems, storing airport maps and building plans and other typical office functions.
The living area, designed to accommodate the firefighters while on duty, will feature space for recreation and exercise and provide privacy and quiet for sleeping while enabling quick access to trucks when needed.
Project completion is expected in May 2013 with an aggressive 18 months construction schedule.