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Grant to help with system update
An antiquated fire suppression system that serves the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport will soon undergo an important update.

A $500,000 OneGeorgia Authority grant will help pay for upgrades, including the replacement of two diesel pumps and underground valves.

A pump house will also be rehabilitated.

The airport commission will contribute $200,000 to the project.

The system dates back to the last half of the 20th century, when the Glynco Naval Air Station stood on airport property, said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority.

The development authority helped secure the grant.

"It's both old and undersized," Sparks said.

While the system has served the airport well, the update is needed.

"This grant will allow us to ensure a higher level of fire safety by installing pumps that meet the rating of the National Fire Protection Association," said Tommy Stroud, chair of the airport commission.

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