The Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional Airport is less than a week away from the commissioning of its new security tool.
Airport Fire Rescue and Rescue (ARFF) is a special category of fire fighting involving aircraft. The Lewiston Fire Department's new ARFF truck is ready and it's essential, "said the Fire Chief.
"From the seat, you can drive it, you can spray foam or a dry chemical agent, so that you can do everything to protect the means of evacuation from an aircraft," said the chief firefighters Myklebust.
The truck represents a major improvement over the current 22-year-old truck.
"You have a car of 20 years, it will make you work, absolutely," added the chef Myklebust. "Is it more likely to break down, yes."
It starts with embedded technology, such as sensors, balancing mechanisms and thermal imaging cameras.
"These are all things that they want you to have so that you can better protect people coming in and out of the airport," explained Myklebust.
The new truck also contains ten times more foam than a conventional structural engine.
"In fact, you can not extinguish a flammable liquid fire without the foam," said chef Myklebust.
The old truck will always be used in a certain capacity.
"From time to time, when the other truck may need an oil change, this is not a problem," said chef Myklebust.
"The FAA is pleased that this truck is being repaired and repaired as quickly as possible," said Myklebust.
The truck could also be a major marketing tool to increase the number of flights and to attract the interest of more carriers.
"It shows the commitment of the community, the safety of life and the awareness of wanting to provide the best possible service," said Myklebust.
The last ARFF truck will go live next Monday and the new fire station a few weeks later. The response times with these factors will be about 80 seconds faster than before, what Myklebust says is extremely important.