SWFIA gets $1.3 million grant to replace aging vehicles, equipment

Southwest Florida International Airport

11000 Terminal Access Road, Fort Myers, FL

— A $1.3 million federal grant will allow Southwest Florida International Airport to replace its aging fire and aircraft rescue vehicles and equipment.

An advisory board, the Airports Special Management Committee, agreed Tuesday to recommend the Lee County Port Authority’s commissioners sign off on the grant.

Executive Director Robert Ball already accepted the grant money to meet the September deadline, said spokeswoman Victoria Moreland.

Tuesday’s action and the Port Commissioners’ forthcoming decision will clear the paperwork for that grant, Moreland said.

The money would cover up to 75 percent of the equipment cost.

While simultaneously recommending the grant’s acceptance, the committee also approved bids for which that money will be spent.

The committee agreed to recommend a $378,000 bid for a fire engine to replace a 29-year-old truck and $153,000 bid for 29 air masks.

Plans are also in the works to buy two aircraft crash fire fighting trucks, Moreland said.

The Board of Port Commissioners will meet Nov. 9 for consideration of the committee’s recommendations.

Connect with Tara E. McLaughlin at www.naplesnews.com/staff/tara-mclaughlin/

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