WVa’s Yeager Airport increasing security with $195,000 grant

October 7, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Yeager Airport is increasing security at the facility, using a $195,000 grant from the state Emergency Management Division.

Part of the work will add a gunshot detection system in the main terminal building and the General Aviation terminal, the airport said in a news release. Yeager said it will be the first airport in the state to have a gunshot detection system, providing a faster response to an active shooter incident.

The $245,000 project will also add more security cameras throughout the airport complex and enhance radio and communication capabilities of the Airport Response Coordination Center, the release said.

“The safety and security of our passengers and tenants is a top priority,” airport Police Chief Eric Johnson said. “With the assistance provided by this grant, integrated with systems already in place, the level of safety at Yeager Airport will move to a whole new level.”