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Wyoming airport gets $9M for firefighting training facility

May 15, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An airport in Wyoming will get U.S. government funding to renovate a facility for training firefighters to respond to burning aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to have aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel. They need training each year.

Only a handful of airports in the region including Casper Natrona County International Airport have facilities to train firefighters for aircraft fires.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the airport will get almost an almost $9 million federal grant to renovate its facility, which opened in 1995.

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Airport Director Glenn Januska says firefighters prefer to train at the Casper facility because it uses diesel fuel for fire scenarios, which is more realistic than other fuels.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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