1:00pm August 26, 2010

DFW Airport Improvements Grants Secured Courtesy of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson


The stage is set for a $3 million grant to start improvements to a Dallas/Fort Worth Airport emergency training facility.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) secured the funding from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training area at DFW. The facility prepares airport firefighters for duty and skill-building. Opened in 1995, the ARFF has been used by over 15,000 firefighters from 29 states and 23 countries and has become an important hub for incident responders.

As for the funding, the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of the AIP, which provides grants for public-use airports across the country. The grant covers 75 percent of specific costs due to the airport’s relatively large size. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport currently ranks third largest in operations and seventh worldwide in passenger count.

“I’m glad to see these funds going to DFW,” Rep. Johnson said in a written statement. “Although we all hope that the airport will never be the site for a fire or accident, it is reassuring to know that we have experienced personnel and an updated facility to handle any unforeseen incident.”

The money will ensure that the airport stays within federal guidelines for training airport firefighters. The rehabilitation will ensure ARFF’s place as a top-notch training center.

Congresswoman Johnson is currently serving her ninth term in Congress from the 30th district of Texas, covering a large portion of Dallas County. She is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

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One Comment

  1. Matthew jefferson

    Im taking the emt-b class right now and after i pass that class what steps do i take after to become certified as an airport firefighter?

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