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Command center for LaGuardia.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved planning and design work for a Police Command Center/ Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting facility at LaGuardia Airport.

The planning and design will cost $2.6 million and is the first component for the creation of this necessary facility. The new facility will house the Port Authority Police Command at LaGuardia, as well as the airport's emergency vehicles, which are operated by Port Authority Police officers who are cross-trained as firefighters, specializing in aircraft emergencies.

The new structure, with about 45,000 square feet of space, will be in the aeronautical operating area at the west end of the airport, closer to the airport's two runways, optimizing response capability to potential aircraft emergencies.

"The existing police facility was built in 1940," Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said. "Although it was expanded in the mid-1980s, it is no longer able to accommodate our full complement of police and security equipment at LaGuardia, the larger number of officers assigned there, or the larger emergency vehicles in today's fleet."

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "The new facility will further assist the members of the Port Authority Police Department, as they continue to work diligently to serve and protect the tens of millions of passengers who use LaGuardia Airport each year."
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Title Annotation:LaGuardia Airport.
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 13, 2004
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