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South Coast Airport Gets New Truck To Combat Aircraft Fires

Santa Barbara Airport Fire Department

A new, highly advanced aircraft-firefighting unit has arrived on the South Coast.

The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting truck is on duty at the Santa Barbara Airport, and weighs over 58,000 pounds when full, including 1500 gallons of water and 200 gallons of fire-retardant foam.

A special nozzle on top of the truck would enable the crew to shoot foam directly onto an aircraft while the vehicle is in motion.

The new engine was paid for thanks to a a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, along with Santa Barbara Airport itself chipping in ten percent.

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