March 19, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has been awarded $1 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation to acquire an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle.


“Manchester-Boston Regional Airport plays a vital role to New Hampshire’s economy and serves as a gateway to our state,” said Senator Shaheen.  “This funding will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of all of us who use the airport.”


“During this period of rather significant financial constraint, we consider ourselves very fortunate to be receiving this grant,” said Mark Brewer, Director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.  “The funds will be utilized to purchase a new, state of the art aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle, which will enhance the overall safety preparedness of the airport.”     


These Department of Transportation funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The grant will be dispersed through the Federal Aviation Administration and will be utilized to purchase a new 3000 gallon capacity, aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle.  The new vehicle will replace a 1500 gallon capacity model which has been in service at the airport since 1989.    

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