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Hawaii to get millions for firefighting facility

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii's congressional delegation announced Monday that the state will receive more than $17 million to build an aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at the Kona International Airport at Keahole.

The $17,014,671 comes from a grant administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

"These funds will help the fire fighters and first responders at the Kona International Airport house and properly maintain the equipment they need to handle any emergency.  Recent statistics show us that visitor arrivals and spending are up this year and ensuring safe and efficient air travel for our residents and visitors is vital to maintaining the health of the industry.  I would like to thank the administration for this critical investment," said Senator Inouye.

"Kona's airport is a critical pillar for the Big Island's tourism industry, for businesses, and for visits to family and friends.  This grant will keep Kona moving by investing in safety upgrades at the airport," said Senator Akaka.

The construction of an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building will extend the life of the ARFF equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions.

Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) has an 11,000-foot runway and a complex of facilities at the eastern edge of the airfield for arriving and departing passengers, air cargo and mail, airport support and general aviation operations.

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