New Safety And Emergency Facility Slated For Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

May 10, 2019

The only commercial airport on the Oregon Coast has received a hefty grant to build a new rescue and fire-fighting station.

The current Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Station at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport.
Credit Robert Brittsan / Coos County Airport District

$6.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration will support the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport’s project.  The current facility isn’t big enough to house a new truck. 

Congressman Peter DeFazio chairs the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  He says this has all been overdue for some time.

Mock-up of planned Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting building once completed.
Credit Robert Brittsan / Coos County Airport District

“The building in which they were housing the equipment, 75 years old, it’s infested with mold, it can’t be rehabilitated," says DeFazio. 

"And they were parking as they could in hangars, or sometimes just leaving the equipment outside. Not good in a coastal environment.  And it’ll certainly help with the prospect of life and safety at that airport.”

Located in North Bend, the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport has United Airlines flights, including a direct route to Denver that begins next month.

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