(KMOV) -- You'd think the third busiest airport in Illinois (behind Chicago's Midway and O'Hare) would have a real fire station. It didn't... until now.
Monday morning, local leaders dedicated the new state-of-the-art Fire Station and Emergency Management Center at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois.
It took stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to make this nearly $5 million project a reality.
Those involved tout how the new emergency abilities will allow for bigger planes and more air traffic to travel to the bi-state region.
Fire Chief and Emergency Mangement Director Mike Mavrogeorge started at the St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department when there wasn't one. He basically was given a desk, a tiny camper and a rented fire truck and told by the airport director to "get going."
He did. Now he's got an excellent facility the powers that be say will benefit the region significantly.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.