Tulsa International Airport (TUL) welcomed Pro-Tec Fire Services as the airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) provider as of March 1, 2021. The airport signed a five year contract in November 2020 with Pro-Tec for ARFF services, with three options to extend an additional five years, for a total of twenty years. The contract with Pro-Tec is expected to save the airport roughly $1 million annually, without reducing the level of safety and reliability to the airport and its passengers.
Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) began reviewing all operating expenditures in late March of 2020 as the pandemic’s impact on airport revenues was materializing. The airport’s leadership team evaluated every expense, looking for savings in order to conserve airport resources. At that time, ARFF services were the single largest expense at Tulsa International Airport, comprising 18% of the airport’s budget for services. Pro-Tec was selected from a competitive proposal process by the TAIT Board in November 2020 and immediately began developing their onboarding plan. “We have been extremely impressed with Pro-Tec’s expertise and operating philosophy since they began providing ARFF services here at Tulsa International,” said Alexis Higgins, CEO of Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. “Pro-Tec’s entire team has demonstrated their commitment to serving our airfield tenants and customers with the level of service, safety, and quality that is expected in our industry.”
Pro-Tec Fire Services is a Wisconsin-based private contractor that is the largest provider of contracted Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services in the United States. The company provides ARFF services to over twenty airports in the United States and Canada, including Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK, and Ardmore Airpark in Ardmore, OK. Pro-Tec has been in operation since 1974 and was the first of its kind to offer contracted Aircraft Rescue Firefighting services.
“Pro-Tec Fire Services is delighted and honored to have been selected by the Tulsa International Airport to become their ARFF Services provider,” the company said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on offering a competitive, responsive and professional service package. This coupled with a culture founded upon safety and lasting relationships was recognized by the Airport. We thank the Airport for their selection and look forward to providing them value for the long term.”