Bishop Secures House Funding for New Fire Station at Hill AFB
Hill Air Force Base may be receiving $5.4 million soon for the construction of a new fire station there, thanks to a provision sponsored by Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah). The funding is part of the annual Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which the U.S. House of Representatives approved early Friday morning.
The new three-bay fire station, which would be located on the East side of the runway at Hill, will provide more adequate fire protection for operations on that side of the base, making future expansion and additional missions possible there.
"Growth at the base is always exciting, but there are certain things you need in place, like sufficient fire protection, before you can expand some areas," Congressman Bishop said. "So we've been working to try and get funding for this new fire station, so that the east side can really start to be developed more."
Congressman Bishop, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also announced that the House spending bill includes funding for other military construction projects in the Beehive State – projects which were initially included in President Bush's preliminary budget.
Those plans include the construction of an F-22 maintenance and composite repair facility and the development of a new hydrant fuel system, both at Hill AFB. The maintenance and repair facility is another step in making sure the base is ready to execute depot-level maintenance and repair in the future on the F-22. The modernization of the jet fuel distribution system, with strategically placed fuel bibs along the flight line, will ensure easier, safer and more efficient fuel distribution at Hill. Money is also included in the legislation for the Army National Guard to build a storage facility for all types of ammunition and munitions at Camp Williams.
"Adequate infrastructure is an important part of supporting our troops, even though it sometimes gets overlooked," Congressman Bishop said. The northern Utah lawmaker, whose district includes practically all of Utah's military installations, continued, "We've got to have the right facilities in place to support our men and women in uniform and to let them do their jobs, and this legislation helps accomplish that."
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration, but it is unclear at this point when that body may take up the legislation.