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GSP begins construction on new rescue and firefighting facility

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Construction is underway on a new $9 million aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The 24,000-square-foot facility will house GSP’s fire department and serve as the center of emergency response operations for the entire airport campus, according to a news release. The new facility is expected to be complete in December.

“Safety and security are our top priorities at GSP International Airport,” President and CEO Dave Edwards said in a news release. “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.”

The facility, which is being built by Greenville-based Mavin Construction, will offer three times as much space as the current building, the release said. The expanded facility will include a larger apparatus bay for fire equipment, expanded administrative offices for the fire department, new training room, a workout room, and larger living quarters for the firefighters on duty. The new facility is being funded through a combination of airport funds and monies received from an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

GSP’s fire department serves an airport campus spanning nearly 3,700 acres, including the airport terminal, airfield, roadways, buildings and undeveloped land. The department also provides mutual aid to fire departments across the region. 

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