Firefighter Training

Establishment of an ARFF Program

Issue 11 and Volume 163.

BY MICHAEL J. LOPINA In 2003, the Lockport Township (IL) Fire PROTECtion District (LTFPD) assumed fire and EMS protection of Lewis University Airport, owned and operated by the Joliet Regional Port District, from the village of Romeoville through a 99-year intergovernmental agreement. Romeoville had covered the airport since the 1970s. This facility serves as a reliever airport for Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, taking in numerous corporate and private aircraft from all over the country. Lewis is also home to a nationally renowned aviation training program that trains pilots and aviation maintenance personnel. Two active runways serve Lewis, 2-20 (6,500 feet) and 9-27 (5,697 feet) (Figure 1). As of 2008, Lewis Airport was listed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as the fourth busiest airport in Illinois (after O’Hare, Midway, and St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois), with approximately 120,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Figure 1. Lewis University Airport…

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