Rep. Keating announces $7.4 million Martha’s Vineyard Airport grant

In this file photo, firefighters spread fire-quenching foam at a simulated crash at the airport which led to mass casualties and fire. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Representative Bill Keating late Wednesday announced that Martha’s Vineyard Airport has received a $7,489,183 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will fund the construction of a 20,000-square-foot aircraft rescue and firefighting building to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements and protect equipment from adverse weather conditions, according to the FAA.

“Construction of a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Building and the important safety upgrades that go along with that will allow first responders at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport to have the infrastructure that they need to be prepared for any emergency situation,” Rep. Keating said. “For many years I have advocated for the presence of greater safety and security at our nation’s airports, large or small. I will continue to work with the FAA to support funding for improvements for the local and regional airports in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Myron Garfinkle, chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission, said:, “The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission has been working hard to bring the facilities to current standards and to improve the responsiveness of our management. This new aircraft rescue firefighting building will dramatically improve the airport operation for the residents of the Island. We truly appreciate the support of Congressman Keating and the FAA airports regional office in Burlington.”