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Officials dedicate firefighting station at Lanai Airport

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2012

Federal and state officials held a dedication ceremony Thursday for a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting station at Lanai Airport.

The $6.4 million facility replaces the former fire station that was well past its intended lifespan, the state Department of Transportation said. The new station has two truck bays, a trailer bay, a fueling area, office space, three dorm rooms and a workout area.

The federal government contributed $5.6 million of the project’s cost. The state’s share was $805,000.

“In addition to providing a modern aircraft rescue and fire fighting facility at Lanai Airport, the project provided a needed economic boost,” Department of Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto said. “With a population of just over 3,000 people, the project provided local jobs and created revenue for many of Lanai’s small business owners.”

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