STATION 9: Airport Firefighters
Station 9 is owned and operated by the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority and includes a full complement of personnel, equipment and apparatus designed to provide state-of-the-art fire rescue services to the passengers, employees and visitors of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO). Station 9 activities include mitigation of and response to structural and aircraft fires, as well as response to medical emergencies, fuel spills and other airport related emergencies at and immediately adjacent to the airport.
The firefighters at CHO conduct training monthly and are held to federal guidelines regarding Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Like many small commercial airports, CHO’s Station 9 crew has other responsibilities. Currently, the airport maintenance employees and public safety officers are trained as firefighters, first responders and EMT’s.
The rescue equipment used at CHO is designed for emergencies on an airfield and is built for speed, water-carrying capacity, off-road performance and fast agent discharge rates. Unlike traditional fire trucks, airport rescue vehicles are also designed to pump water and move at the same time. Each of CHO’s 3 trucks can shoot foam, water or a dry chemical depending on the type of hazard. The goal is to put out 80 percent of a fire before a member of station 9 ever steps foot on the ground.