WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) announced on Aug. 27 that Mercer County has received an $880,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to enable Trenton-Mercer Airport to purchase a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

Under FAA rules, airports must provide aircraft rescue and firefighting services during certain air carrier operations to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. The existing firefighting vehicle at Trenton-Mercer Airport is more than 11 years old, and it has reached the end of its useful life.

“As the Trenton-Mercer Airport continues to grow, it plays an increasingly important role in connecting the people and businesses of Mercer County to the rest of the country,” Holt said. “This grant will ensure that the airport can continue to provide safe, reliable, and expanding service.”

“Mercer County is extremely pleased to have received this $880,000 grant for Trenton-Mercer Airport, and we thank Congressman Holt for his continued support,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “We believe Trenton-Mercer is vital to the continued economic growth in Mercer County and the surrounding region, and this latest investment by the FAA attests to that.”