Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
Denton Municipal Airport will increase safety thanks to a new airport rescue and firefighting truck, the first of its kind in Denton County.
A business has donated an airport rescue and firefighting vehicle to the city of Denton.
Jet Works Air Center, which is housed at the Denton Municipal Airport, purchased the $95,000 truck, the first vehicle of its kind in the county.
"Our entire community has rallied together to bring this airport from just a small-town municipal airport to a first-class facility," Mayor Mark Burroughs said.
"Our hope is that we never use it," said Trey Bryson, Jet Works Air Center president. "If it never rolls out of the barn, it would be a banner day. But to know we have it, it absolutely enhances the chances of saving lives."
The ARFF vehicle was presented to the city Wednesday. The presentation included a demonstration of the vehicle's capabilities.
"We have never had anything in the past to deal with aircraft fires," Denton Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Hedges said.
He said the ARFF vehicle can do things that normal firetrucks can not.
"This vehicle is a little different, because it can actually pumps and move at the same time," Hedges said. "Before it even approaches the aircraft, it can flow water and foam to suppress the fire."
He said the tricks are important for a growing airport such as Denton's.
"We are the eighth busiest airport in the state of Texas counted by the number of takeoffs and landings," Hix said.