Airport To Get New Fire Tender

St Mary's Airport

Councillors have approved the purchase of a new back-up fire tender for the airport.

There’s been concern about the state of the red vehicle. It was 12 years old when it was purchased second-hand in 2002 and it’s getting rusty. Members heard the Chief Fire Officer felt it would only last another 2 years.

The airport is currently being reviewed as part of an improvement plan but a replacement does need buying because a second one was required when the CAA changed the airport status to category 3.

The new vehicle will cost up to £200,000 but members of the General Purposes committee agreed that the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the committee, Fred Ticehurst and Brian Lowen, will be able to sign off on a secondhand tender, if one becomes available.