Terre Haute Regional Airport receives over $600,000 in grant money

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute Regional Airport officials announced Friday the receipt of a Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting vehicle grant.

The grant will cover 90% of the $749,738 vehicle cost, with the State paying 5% and the Airport 5%. The Airport received two bids for the manufacturing and delivery of the ARFF vehicle, with Osh Kosh Airport Products out of Osh Kosk, Wisc. being the lowest responsive bidder.

“While nobody likes to think about the need for such a vehicle, we are required to provide specified levels of coverage and response in the event of an aircraft emergency,” Kara McIntosh, Airport Director of Operations said. “This vehicle will allow us to continue to meet growth at the Airport, and will supplement our other ARFF vehicle.”

The new vehicle is designed to perform both on and off-road.

“Aircraft emergencies typically don’t happen anywhere near a fire hydrant, so an ARFF vehicle has to carry all the water it needs to fight any initial fire,” McIntosh said.

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