By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | June 25, 2020 | MAINE
Story No. 062520116
Photo by Chuck LoweRed 2 - 2011 Ford F-550 (1990 E-One Body remounted)
Photo by Chuck LoweRed 3 - 2019 Rosenbauer Panther 4X4 2100/1600/500DC
Photo by Chuck LoweRed 4 - 2001 Oshkosh T1 1250/3000/1500F/500 lbs Halon/55' Snozzle
Photo by Chuck LoweRed 5 - 1989 Oshkosh 1500/3000/450F (Former Red 3).
Portland International Jetport is a public airport located a few miles west of downtown. It is owned and operated by the City even though the main runway is located in neighboring South Portland. PWM covers 726 acres of land and pre-COVID 19 was handling more than 2 million passengers annually. They recently received $4.5 million in federal funds to construct a 1,200-foot-long taxiway connecting runways.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting for the facility is provided by the City with just one officer and a firefighter are normally assigned here. Plans to add a second firefighter were scrapped by the pandemic so outlying stations, with cross trained personnel, provide assistance on major incidents. The fleet here includes one command vehicle, a RIV Vehicle and three crash trucks. The newest of these CFR vehicles, arriving last year, replaced a tired 1977 Walters CT4. No additional purchases are planned.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.