Jul. 26—The Gary/Chicago International Airport has added a new rescue and firefighting truck to its fleet.
The acquisition of the 3,000-gallon truck, along with two high-speed runway brooms for snow removal, was approved in August 2022 and financed by a $2 million in federal Community Project Fund money and 5% contributions from the state and the airport.
"It's exciting to see the airport rescue and firefighting truck physically here at GCIA and ready to be used," Executive Director Dan Vicari said. "Once in operation the fire truck will expand the type of airplanes that can land at the airport. We are ready to see the growth this investment will provide."
GCIA Authority Chairman Pete Visclosky thanked U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan for securing the federal funding.
"His continued support does not go unnoticed. While the fire truck was secured with $2 million from FY 2022's Community Project Funding, Congressman Mrvan also recently secured $6 million in FY 2023 Community Project Funding for further investments in airport infrastructure."
"This acquisition of a state-of-the-art fire engine will protect firefighters and demonstrate to airport tenants, current and future, that the Gary airport is poised for growth," Mrvan said.
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