New fire and rescue facility opens at Hilo airport

New fire and rescue facility opens at Hilo airport

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - State officials have opened a new $18.8 million fire station at Hilo International Airport.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation dedicated the new 21,000-square-foot Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility on Friday. Construction work on the fire station had started in May 2015.

The new two-story facility features an emergency operations center, living space for firefighters and four drive-through truck bays designed to accommodate larger response vehicles.

The Federal Aviation Administration paid for nearly 90 percent of the cost to build the fire station. The state transportation department's Airports Division contributed $3 million.

State officials are working with the building's contractor on setting a date for when firefighters can move in.

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