Hoeven: New Rescue Station Positions Air National Guard for Future

FARGO, ND – Senator John Hoeven today said the new Air National Guard Crash/Fire/Rescue Station in Fargo ensures that the Airmen of 119th Wing are prepared for any military or civilian emergency at the Air National Guard base and Hector International Airport. He spoke at the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new building, which was followed by a reception and tours.

“As our nation approaches the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we are increasingly mindful of the need for our emergency responders to be vigilant and well equipped to respond at all times, to all types of crises,” Hoeven said.

“This state-of-the-art rescue station positions the 119th Wing well as they prepare to receive the C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft, one of the newest aircraft in the Air Force. This facility will protect our Happy Hooligans as they support missions all across the globe, as well as provide enhanced coverage for Hector International Airport,” he said.

The U.S. Air Force funded the $6.5 million project as part of a package intended to help replace the nation’s aging fire halls. The original facility was built in 1955, making it the North Dakota Air National Guard’s oldest building on the base. 

The new building includes an alarm room that overlooks the airport, and its new location is expected to decrease emergency response time by as much as 70 percent when compared to the previous building. It is also able to better accommodate winter storage, classroom teaching and work space for staff.

Hoeven serves on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.