“As a result,” Lomazow’s letter says, “DAY (Dayton International Airport) did not have any ARFF vehicles in service during the time period referenced” earlier in the letter.
An FAA spokesman declined to make anyone available for an interview on the matter Wednesday.
The leaders of the DPSU Local 101 and IAFF Local 136 unions representing city workers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
According to the FAA’s account of events at the airport that morning, vehicle R23 was returned to service between 9:36 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The airport was required to notify the FAA and each air carrier of the situation regarding aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles.
Stated the FAA: “DAY failed to make those required notifications.”
While three ARFF vehicles were out of service, three Delta Airlines flights, two PSA Airlines flights and two Endeavor Air flights “performed air carrier operations” at the Dayton airport, according to the FAA.
The letter cites three regulations it says the city of Dayton appeared to violate. One regulation states that if any required ARFF vehicle becomes inoperative, it “must be replaced immediately with equipment having at least equal capabilities.”
A statement from the city says that, “The city of Dayton Department of Aviation will appeal the proposed civil penalty and will not comment until after the appeal hearing and a final decision has been made by the FAA.”