Canada Invests in Radio Communications for Airport in Ontario
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Comments

The Canadian government announced an investment to install an integrated radio alarm system, known as IRAS, at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport in Ontario.

The investment of C$16,250 (US$12,143) for the IRAS will improve emergency response by allowing radio communication among the control tower and the fire hall, security station and individual wireless radios. Recently completed projects rehabilitated airside essential power systems and the purchase of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and associated equipment. The value of these two projects is more than C$1.1 million (US$822,000).

A well maintained airport emergency communications system, a reliable electrical system, and state-of-the-art emergency rescue vehicles and equipment are key to ensuring the safety of passengers, aircraft and crews.

"People in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region depend on their airport not only for personal and business travel but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care,” said Chrystia Freeland, minister of foreign affairs and member of parliament for University – Rosedale. “The investment announced today will ensure continued safe and reliable service for this important hub."

This funding comes from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). Since the program started in 1995, the government of Canada has invested more than C$882.7 million (US$660 million) for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country. To date, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport has received more than $10.3 million (US$7.7 million) in ACAP funding for 22 safety projects, including the installation of an integrated radio alarm system, replacement of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, rehabilitation of airside essential power systems and the purchase of new snow-clearing equipment.

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