TRENTON — A reduction in the number of scheduled airline flights at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) will cost one full-time employee his job, at least temporarily.
At the county commissioners meeting Tuesday, airport manager Allison Navia said the layoff is necessary because there is not enough work to support the position since Colgan Air reduced its flight schedule on Oct. 1.
Ms. Navia said the layoff will occur in the airport’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Department, which is currently staffed by two full-time and two part-time firefighters.
According to federal regulations, firefighters must be on the scene 15 minutes prior to each commercial take-off or landing and must remain on scene 15 minutes after the event.
Until the reduction in flights, commercial airline activity at the airport ran from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Now, the first flight arrives at 10:30 a.m. and the final flight of the day departs at 4 p.m.
“That drastically reduces the number of hours available to [firefighters],” Ms. Navia said.