Watertown Airport nearly finished with $6 million firefighting building

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DEXTER — The Watertown International Airport now has a brand new, state-of-the-art firefighting facility.

Airport manager Grant W. Sussey said the new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting building, or ARFF, is about 99% complete, with a few final touchups in progress. Construction on the roughly $6 million project began last June.

The building serves three distinct but related purposes, Mr. Sussey said on Tuesday. It houses the airport’s firefighting equipment, maintenance equipment, and serves as an operational base for the airport’s maintenance staff.

“It puts our people and equipment all in one spot, it replaces a scattered approach we used to have,” Mr. Sussey said. “We had equipment tucked away in hangars and all over the place before.”

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