BOB HOPE AIRPORT — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority this week joined a choir of voices rising from airports across the country protesting a proposed federal law that could add millions of dollars to on-site firefighting costs.
Airports nationwide oppose the possible Federal Aviation Administration standards, pointing to an independent Transportation Research Board study that states they could be forced to pay nearly $4 billion in the first year to comply.
The proposed National Fire Protection Assn. standards, which critics say amount to an “unfunded mandate,” would require airports to build nearly 600 airport rescue and firefighting facilities and purchase some 1,000 vehicles at a cost of $2.9 billion. Airports would also be on the hook to hire more than 11,000 firefighters at a cost of nearly $1 billion per year, the report states.