NAS Celebrates New Facility

Officials also cut a ribbon to celebrate having the new facility, which replaces one built in 1961.

Its safety features include drive-thru bays that are wide enough for modern crash trucks. Plus, it has an HVAC system that makes it safer for the firefighters.

"Which draws all the exhaust out of the truck bay, which makes it a lot safer for the firefighters here," said NAS Fire Chief Andrew Clayton. "This building will also enhance our capability to respond to air field emergencies, much quicker, more efficient. You know, you have a straight shot out. It's so much better than it was."

"The building is just laid out much more efficiently than the old building, so we're going to anticipate about a 20-30% savings in energy consumption every year, even though the building's almost twice as large," said Lt. Cmdr. Lance Coe, NAS Public Works Officer.

Training Air Wing 1 uses Joe Williams Field primarily for carrier landing practice and preparing student aviators for their first carrier landings.

Air operations personnel and firefighters supported almost 29,000 flight operations in 2009.

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