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GSP opens new building for fire and rescue service

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The new building triples the space firefighting and rescue personnel had in their previous facility. (Photo/Provided)Members of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission on Monday opened a new aircraft rescue and firefighting station at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The 24,000-square-foot facility houses GSP’s fire department and will serve as the center of emergency response operations for the entire airport campus.

The cost to construct the new facility was approximately $9 million, according to a news release.

“Safety and security are our top priorities at GSP International Airport,” President and CEO Dave Edwards said in the 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 was designed by a team led by W.K. Dickson, supported by architecture firms Leo Daly and DP3 Architects and built by Mavin Construction. The facility offers three times as much space as the previous building, the release said. The expanded facility includes 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. The new facility was 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 of property 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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