The new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is officially open for business.
Members of the GSP Airport Commission celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting on Nov. 23.
“Safety and security are our top priorities at GSP International Airport,” said GSP Airport President and CEO Dave Edwards. “This state-of-the-art facility will ensure that the airport’s fire protection and safety services keep pace with the rapid growth we’re experiencing across the airport campus.”
Located on Stevens Drive near the corporate hangars and Cerulean Aviation, the 24,000-square-foot facility will serve as the center of emergency response operations for the entire airport campus.
The cost to construct the new station, which offers three times as much space as the current building, was approximately $9 million, according to GSP Airport officials. It offers a larger apparatus bay for fire equipment, expanded administrative offices for the fire department, new training rooms, a workout room and larger living quarters for the firefighters on duty.
Construction was funded through a combination of airport funds and an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, officials said.
The GSP Airport fire department serves an airport campus spanning nearly 3,700 acres of property including the airport terminal, airfield, roadways, buildings and undeveloped land in addition to providing mutual aid to fire departments across the region.