Valley International has state-of-the-art vehicles

HARLINGEN — Train for the worst, hope for the best.

That’s the philosophy of the fire and rescue operation at ValleyInternationalAirport. They hope their training remains just that — training.

“Harlingen has some of the best airport firefighting equipment south of San Antonio,” said Bryan Wren, assistant director of aviation at VIA.

Valley International has been improving its firefighting capabilities, meeting standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration on Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, known by its acronym ARFF.

Airports are required to meet federal standards on ARFF capabilities based on several factors, including the aircraft most used at that airport. For Harlingen, the safety standards are based on rescue requirements for the short- to medium-range, twin-engine Boeing 737.

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