By day, they are guardians of the sky.
Engine Company No. 2 of the Springfield Fire and Rescue Division covers Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The city assumed responsibility for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services from the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011.
Eighteen members of the fire division are ARFF certified.
In the event of an aircraft fire, "we use the foam capabilities of Engine 2 and we have a pick-up truck with a slide-in, 500-pound dry chemical extinguishing agent," according to Battalion Chief Randy Keifer.
None of the Air National Guard ARFF equipment remains at the airport.
Springfield airport is located about two miles south of the city limits on State Route 794.
It has two runways and a tower.
The Federal Aviation Administration rating for the airport is "ARFF Index A," meaning it requires one fire engine when the tower is open.
The index is based on aircraft size and the average daily number of departures.
"In the event of a full blown event, we get a normal fire alarm response from the city," Keifer said. "Mutual aid is available."
In the evenings and on weekends, Engine 2 operates as a structural firefighting unit from the East Home Road station which also houses Engine 7.
Airport diagram - Runways 6/24 and 15/33
SPRINGFIELD-BECKLEY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
Springfield, Ohio - FAA Identifier: SGH
Latitude: N39o 50.42'; Longitude: W83o 50.41'
Two intersecting runways are capable of handling anything from a heavy military transport to a small two-seat training aircraft, according to the airport's website.
Runway 6/24 - Length: 9,000'; Width: 150'
- Runway 15/33 - Length: 5,500'; Width: 100'
- Radio - Tower 120.7, Ground 121.7