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Airport Rescue & Fire Fighters


Derek Smith
Fire Chief
Cyril E. King Airport
Arnold Payne
Fire Chief
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport


The brave fire fighting crew of our Airport Rescue and Fire Fighter (ARFF) team are available from 7 a.m. every morning, until the last flight lands at the airports on St. Thomas and St. Croix.  Our ARFF crew are trained specifically to extinguish aircraft fires. They assist airlines with removal of disabled aircraft at our airports. Our ARFF crew are also certified first responders and are often the first medical personnel on the scene if a traveler has an emergency at any of our airports.  Our ARFF team is always ready to respond.

In the absence of any emergencies, our crews take shifts operating and maintaining our fire trucks and inspecting our airport runways for fire and aircraft hazards. They also spend time practicing, training, maintaining their fire fighting and other emergency equipment as well as up-keeping the firehouse.

Tours of our airport fire stations are offered year round to schools, summer camps and other educational organizations.  The tours of the station are conducted by our fire fighters and include a detailed explanation of the role of airport fire fighters, a tour of the entire station, a show and tell of the fire fighting gear and the highlight of the tour - a ride onboard one of our fire trucks.  To schedule a fire station tour, contact our public relations office.



Virgin Islands Port Authority
8074 Lindbergh Bay
P.O. Box 301707
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands  00803-1707
Tel: (340) 774-1629  Fax: (340) 774-0025 / 
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