The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport is expecting to receive their new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Truck by the end of the year, about 6 months ahead of schedule. Ninety-five percent of the cost is covered by a grant, with the airport covering the rest using federal money that was allocated during the pandemic.
The truck, called a Striker 4×4, will be made by Oshkosh. The Striker 4×4 offers “innovative fire suppression, unmatched chassis performance in a sleek aerodynamic design,” according to the company’s website.
The truck will only be used on airport property and for airport-related incidents. It will be housed at the Airport fire station and those firefighters will be the only ones to utilize the truck.
Airport Director Tristan Durbin said the total grant for the vehicle is about $739,000. The airport maximum obligation will be approximately $37,000 to $40,000.
This truck replaces a 2006 vehicle that’s designed to do similar functions.