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's 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 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.