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BWI donates crash truck to Hagerstown Regional Airport

September 24, 2000

BWI donates crash truck to Hagerstown Regional Airport



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


The Hagerstown Regional Airport will add a crash rescue truck to its fire department's fleet free of charge from BWI Airport.

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Fire Chief Phil Ridenour said the $200,000 vehicle had been used by BWI's Airport Fire Rescue Services but had since been replaced.

After making a written appeal explaining Hagerstown Airport's plans for expansion, the Maryland Aviation Administration awarded them the vehicle gratis, he said.

A crash rescue truck is valuable for its carrying capacity, said Ridenour. This truck can carry 3,000 gallons of water, 460 gallons of foam and 450 pounds of other chemicals used to fight large fuel spills, he said.

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The six-wheel drive truck can be driven off-road if needed, he said.

Some modifications are being made to the truck and it is expected to be delivered to the local airport in mid-October, he said.

He was unsure of the truck's year but said it was reconditioned in 1993 and given a new motor.

"It's in excellent condition," said Ridenour.

After it arrives Ridenour and other fire fighters will receive a day or two of training on the vehicle since it requires a driver to sit in the center of the front seat to be able see well when distributing water and chemicals, he said.

"I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

In addition to Ridenour the airport's fire department employs a maintenance worker who has firefighter training and two part-time firefighters.

Ridenour said once he and his staff become proficient they will make the vehicle available for incidents outside the airport.

"It's here for anyone who has a hazardous materials spill and needs it," he said.

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