The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved a project to construct a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The Airport Commission voted Wednesday, June 10th to award a $7.9 million contract to Tobo Construction, Inc. for the construction of Los Angeles Fire Station No. 80 at LAX.

The fire station is part of the airport’s Crossfield Taxiway Project, which will construct a new taxiway connecting the north and south airfields at LAX, as well as a new taxiway bridge and vehicle service road bridge, commission staff said.

The new firefighting facility will be located on Coast Guard Road, near the mid-points of the outermost runways.

Airport Commission staff said the aircraft rescue facility will be better able to accommodate the size, volume and nature of emergency response equipment and personnel needed to service LAX and the new generation of larger aircraft.

The project will be funded under the LAX Development Program budget and is also eligible for federal stimulus funding, staff said.