Safety & Operations

Public Safety

To ensure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible, TRI employs professional police officers, aircraft rescue firefighters and emergency medical personnel, which are available 24/7. Our Public Safety Officers (PSO) are all state certified police officers, and all are certified as emergency medical responders both on the state and national level. The PSOs are also cross trained in aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF). Several of our PSO’s have obtained advanced training such as advanced ARFF and the Airport Master Firefighter designation.  The Public Safety Officers receive monthly training in aircraft rescue firefighting. Law enforcement training is on-going throughout the year. Under FAA guidelines, a full scale disaster drill is held every three years that tests the Public Safety Department’s training, and provides the opportunity to train closely with mutual responding agencies.

The Public Safety Department has many types of emergency vehicles in their inventory.  Included is a fleet of all wheel drive police cruisers and all-terrain vehicles.  The Public Safety Department also utilizes two aircraft rescue fire engines which hold 1,500 gallons of water along with foam and dry chemical powder. Last but not least is the quick attack fire engine which is used for smaller fires, and doubles as a medical response vehicle.

TARMAC Delay Contingency Plan

This document provides the Irregular Operations (IROPS) Contingency Plan for Tri-Cities Airport (TRI). This Plan recognizes that individual service provider plans and a coordinated effort by the airlines, airports, government agencies, and other aviation service providers are essential to successfully minimizing the impact of IROPS events on passengers. To learn more, view the plan.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The FAA is the agency responsible for aviation safety, including air traffic control, runway and aircraft safety, training and certification, and more. To learn more, visit:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

The TSA is best known for its role in screening passengers at the security checkpoints of airports across the United States. TSA agents work hard to keep all modes of transportation safe and employ security officers, air marshals, managers, directors, and inspectors in that mission. To learn more, visit: