SLC Employs New Lifesaving LUCAS 2 Device

At the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), we are always looking for steps we can take to improve our response to an emergency medical situation. SLC currently has 50 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the airport and approximately 250 employees trained in CPR and AED techniques approved through the American Heart Association, to assist in the event of a medical emergency.

SLC now has a new automated device which has been added to our safety program, called the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System. Performing manual chest compressions can be difficult and tiring, so the LUCAS 2 is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth, to facilitate circulation and help improve a patient’s chance for a successful outcome. LUCAS 2 is lightweight, easy to use, and portable – even as the patient is transported.

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SLC currently has three LUCAS 2 devices located on the medical carts at the top of the B/C Concourse connector, at the top of the D Concourse and on our Fire Department’s vehicle for paramedic response.

For more information on the LUCAS 2, visit www.physio-control.com/LUCAS.

SLC Operations Director Randy Berg Completes Term as Chair of American Association of Airport Executives

Earlier this month, Salt Lake City Airport Operations Director Randy Berg completed his year-long term as Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The AAAE (known as the “Triple-A E”) is an association of over 5,000 airport professionals that offers services, provides professional development, and advocates on behalf of the aviation industry in Washington, D.C.

Berg has been a member of AAAE for nearly 40 years and served on various committees for a majority of that time. Elected to leadership by his peers, Berg became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization in 2011 and subsequently ascended into leadership of its Executive Committee. Berg’s involvement with AAAE is a hallmark of his 40+ year career in aviation management, at airports throughout Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, before coming to Salt Lake City.

When asked what Berg is most proud of during his time as AAAE Chair, he notes the creation of the task force for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that will have major impacts on the industry. Berg also mentions better coordination with other organizations like Airports Council International – North America to advocate collaboratively regarding these mutual, important issues.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (left) and SLC’s Randy Berg (right) at AAAE Annual Conference, June 9, 2015.

However, what is nearest and dearest to Berg’s heart, is fostering a love of aviation among young people. During Berg’s tenure, the AAAE Foundation gave 123 scholarships totaling $189,000, a 16% increase over the previous year.  In total over the years, AAAE has awarded 2,300 scholarships in excess of $3.7 million—more than any other industry association.  “There is nothing I am more passionate about than helping young people in the aviation industry,” says Berg. As an adjunct professor for nearly 30 years in aviation management at California State University (Los Angeles) and Salt Lake City’s Westminster College, Berg is always looking for opportunities to “widen the on-ramp” for youth. We know his students would agree!

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Students Welton Trang (left) and Elicia Snowden (center) with Randy Berg (right) during AAAE Annual Conference, June 9, 2015

While Berg has now passed the baton of AAAE Chair to Jeff Mulder of Tulsa International Airport, he will continue to serve as First Past Chair and will remain involved in the organization and the important work that lies ahead.

Congrats, Randy, on a successful year as AAAE Chair!

SLC Operations Director Randy Berg Completes Term as Chair of American Association of Airport Executives

Earlier this month, Salt Lake City Airport Operations Director Randy Berg completed his year-long term as Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The AAAE (known as the “Triple-A E”) is an association of over 5,000 airport professionals that offers services, provides professional development, and advocates on behalf of the aviation industry in Washington, D.C.

Berg has been a member of AAAE for nearly 40 years and served on various committees for a majority of that time. Elected to leadership by his peers, Berg became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization in 2011 and subsequently ascended into leadership of its Executive Committee. Berg’s involvement with AAAE is a hallmark of his 40+ year career in aviation management, at airports throughout Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, before coming to Salt Lake City.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (left) and SLC’s Randy Berg (right) at AAAE Annual Conference, June 9, 2015.

When asked what Berg is most proud of during his time as AAAE Chair, he notes the creation of the task force for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that will have major impacts on the industry. Berg also mentions better coordination with other organizations like Airports Council International – North America to advocate collaboratively regarding these mutual, important issues.

However, what is nearest and dearest to Berg’s heart, is fostering a love of aviation among young people. During Berg’s tenure, the AAAE Foundation gave 123 scholarships totaling $189,000, a 16% increase over the previous year.  In total over the years, AAAE has awarded 2,300 scholarships in excess of $3.7 million—more than any other industry association.  “There is nothing I am more passionate about than helping young people in the aviation industry,” says Berg. As an adjunct professor for nearly 30 years in aviation management at California State University (Los Angeles) and Salt Lake City’s Westminster College, Berg is always looking for opportunities to “widen the on-ramp” for youth. We know his students would agree!

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Students Welton Trang (left) and Elicia Snowden (center) with Randy Berg (right) during AAAE Annual Conference, June 9, 2015

Salt Lake City Airport Rescue Fire Fighters Receive Honors

On May 27, the Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD) honored two of Salt Lake City’s Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) team. Airport Fire Division Chief Paul Paulsen received the Meritorious Service Medal. Paul Paulsen has been a member of the SLCFD for 24 years and served in various roles throughout his career. He has been a firefighter, HazMat Firefighter, HazMat Captain, a member of the SLC Fire Bureau and served as Chief at the airport for the last three years. No stranger to receiving accolades from his colleagues, Paulsen has received honors three separate times prior to this award. Under Chief Paulsen’s leadership, the airport has made significant improvements in communication, safety training, efficiency and education among his staff and the larger firefighting community. Furthermore, Chief Paulsen’s involvement and guidance to-date with theterminal redevelopment program has been a huge asset to the airport, the city and the community at large.

Chief Paulsen is moving on to another exciting opportunity within the Salt Lake City Fire Department and while we welcome his replacement, we will miss Chief Paulsen at the airport and wish him the very best.

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SLC Airport Operations Director Randy Berg (left) joins ARFF firefighter Al Hoskins (center) and Chief Paul Paulsen (right) at SLC Fire Department Awards Ceremony at the Public Safety Building, May 27, 2015.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department also acknowledged ARFF firefighter and instructor Algernon “Al” Hoskins with the Fire Service Cross Award for Firefighter of the Year. Hoskins’ impressive background includes 24 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter and 15 years in the SLC Fire Department, 10 of those years at the airport. Additionally, Hoskins has been a Lead Instructor at the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center for the past nine years and recently achieved his designation as Airport Master Firefighter. Hoskins developed training and operations recommendations for the High Reach Extendable Turret that were ultimately adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2010.

Congratulations to both Chief Paulsen and ARFF firefighter Al Hoskins! We are grateful for your service and all you have done to keep us a safe and efficient facility.

Salt Lake City Airport Rescue Fire Fighters Receive Honors

On May 27, the Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD) honored two of Salt Lake City’s Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) team. Airport Fire Division Chief Paul Paulsen received the Meritorious Service Medal. Paul Paulsen has been a member of the SLCFD for 24 years and served in various roles throughout his career. He has been a firefighter, HazMat Firefighter, HazMat Captain, a member of the SLC Fire Bureau and served as Chief at the airport for the last three years. No stranger to receiving accolades from his colleagues, Paulsen has received honors three separate times prior to this award. Under Chief Paulsen’s leadership, the airport has made significant improvements in communication, safety training, efficiency and education among his staff and the larger firefighting community. Furthermore, Chief Paulsen’s involvement and guidance to-date with the terminal redevelopment program has been a huge asset to the airport, the city and the community at large.

Chief Paulsen is moving on to another exciting opportunity within the Salt Lake City Fire Department and while we welcome his replacement, we will miss Chief Paulsen at the airport and wish him the very best.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department also acknowledged ARFF firefighter and instructor Algernon “Al” Hoskins with the Fire Service Cross Award for Firefighter of the Year. Hoskins’ impressive background includes 24 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter and 15 years in the SLC Fire Department, 10 of those years at the airport. Additionally, Hoskins has been a Lead Instructor at the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center for the past nine years and recently achieved his designation as Airport Master Firefighter. Hoskins developed training and operations recommendations for the High Reach Extendable Turret that were ultimately adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2010.

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SLC Airport Operations Director Randy Berg (left) joins ARFF firefighter Al Hoskins (center) and Chief Paul Paulsen (right) at SLC Fire Department Awards Ceremony at the Public Safety Building, May 27, 2015.

Congratulations to both Chief Paulsen and ARFF firefighter Al Hoskins! We are grateful for your service and all you have done to keep us a safe and efficient facility.

SLC Airport Celebrates Earth Week

Last month, the Salt Lake City Department of Airports celebrated Earth Week by acknowledging employees who have contributed to sustainability.  The EONS Awards Ceremony (Economic Viability, Operational Efficiency, Natural Resource Conservation and Social Responsibility) recognized employees in divisions across the airport for making efficiencies, repurposing materials, reducing waste, being stewards of natural resources, and supporting the community. High fives and fist bumps for all our employees who help us find efficiencies and help us continually improve our sustainability track record!

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Here are a few fun facts on SLC sustainability:

  •  In the past 12 years the airport has averaged over 160,000 gallons per year of CNG, which equals approximately 45% of our total fuel use for the entire fleet. This has resulted in a reduction of 10,000 pounds in emissions output per year.
  •  The airport manages its own greenhouse that grows over 6,000 native and drought tolerant plants.
  •  Our landscape water conservation plan saves 600 million gallons of water each year.
  •  Salt Lake City International has 23 water bottle refill stations throughout the concourses and tenant areas. The stations save approximately 850,000 plastic bottles from going to the landfills each year.
  •  LED lights have been installed in runway lighting, tunnels, parking lighting and throughout the terminals.
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The airport’s environmental progress will continue, says Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator Kevin Staples. “We are making improvements every day to sustainability here at SLC,” Kevin says. “I work with employees day in and day out who are finding efficiencies large and small. They all add up to make a big difference.”

SLC International is also scheduled to release a sustainability dashboard later this year. The dashboard is an online tool that the public can use to see various metrics of sustainability performance at SLC and suggest their own ideas.

Salt Lake City’s Terminal Redevelopment Program will build upon the airport’s success in sustainability. Newer, more energy efficient buildings will replace our current facilities and will make better use of natural light and renewable resources. The airport’s redevelopment team is aiming for a LEED Gold Certification for the new terminal.

SLC Airport’s Lost and Found Team – Going Above and Beyond!

If you have ever lost a personal item here at Salt Lake City International Airport, chances are you’ve spoken to one of our amazing Lost and Found staff members. Loreigh Riney, Kristen Elder and Janette Gonzales answer phone calls, emails and online inquiries every day to reunite passengers with their misplaced articles. It isn’t uncommon for one of these individuals to race through the terminals to return a cell phone to a passenger or mail a beloved stuffed animal to a young, out-of-state traveler.

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Janette Gonazles, Loreigh Riney and Kristen Elder (L to R) are SLC’s Lost and Found Superheroes! 

Salt Lake City International Airport returns approximately 3,000 lost items each year! But it takes a collective, collaborative team of employees to be successful. Airport Lost and Found works closely with terminal and landside officers, parking staff, control center, airport police, concessions, TSA and airlines to return lost belongings to their rightful owners.

As you can imagine, our Lost and Found office has collected their share of success stories throughout the years. Loreigh’s best memory of working in Lost and Found was locating and returning the “lucky hat” of famous cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt. Several years ago, after finding genealogy records and old family photos, Kristen tracked down the original owners with a trial subscription to Ancestry.com.  Janette remembers going above and beyond to help return a passport to an international passenger who needed it before her flight. These are just a few examples of the amazing customer service they provide day in and day out.

While we hope that your belongings make it safely with you during your travels at the airport, we recognize that doesn’t always happen. Should you need their assistance, the Lost and Found office is located in Terminal One and open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can contact their office at 801-575-2427, airport.lostfound@slcgov.com or report a lost item online. (If you ever left an item on a plane or near a gate, remember to check with your airline.)

Going above and beyond isn’t just for airplanes. It’s the way we operate here at SLC International!

Thanks to outgoing Airport Board Member Russ Pack!

In January 2015, Russ Pack completed his final term of service on the Salt Lake City Airport Board. Russ’ seven years on the board culminates an impressive career at Salt Lake City International Airport spanning over three decades.

In 1978, the airport hired Russ as a file clerk until he was quickly promoted as a properties agent three months later. In the years to follow, Russ worked in various divisions and areas of the airport, including Air Service Marketing, Property Management and served as Director of Administration and Commercial Services for 10 years. Russ also served as SLC International Airport’s Interim Executive Director twice; in 2006 and again in 2007 before current director Maureen Riley took the helm.

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Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson (left) with Russ Pack (right) at the airport in 1984.

During Russ’ career, Salt Lake City International Airport transformed from a medium-sized facility to a major hub airport. A new parking structure, concourse and an International Terminal were built during a time of rapid change and growth in the aviation industry. Russ credits the foresight of airport staff that acquired adjacent land which accommodated growth and airfield improvements. This thoughtful vision for the future benefits the airport to this day as work continues on the Terminal Redevelopment Program.

While his work has been rewarding, Russ says it’s the people who made his time at the airport so special. “To my very good fortune, I had the honor and a privilege to spend a full career associating with incredible colleagues,” he says. “All of us engaged as a team to make Salt Lake City International Airport the dynamic, efficient, and exciting operation that it is today.”

Russ Pack’s institutional knowledge, experience and passion for the industry will be missed on the board. We thank Russ for his service to the airport and to Salt Lake City and wish him the very best!

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Thanks to outgoing Airport Board Member Russ Pack!

In January 2015, Russ Pack completed his final term of service on the Salt Lake City Airport Board. Russ’ seven years on the board culminates an impressive career at Salt Lake City International Airport spanning over three decades.

In 1978, the airport hired Russ as a file clerk until he was quickly promoted as a properties agent three months later. In the years to follow, Russ worked in various divisions and areas of the airport, including Air Service Marketing, Property Management and served as Director of Administration and Commercial Services for 10 years. Russ also served as SLC International Airport’s Interim Executive Director twice; in 2006 and again in 2007 before current director Maureen Riley took the helm.

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Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson (left) with Russ Pack (right) at the airport in 1984.

During Russ’ career, Salt Lake City International Airport transformed from a medium-sized facility to a major hub airport. A new parking structure, concourse and an International Terminal were built during a time of rapid change and growth in the aviation industry. Russ credits the foresight of airport staff that acquired adjacent land which accommodated growth and airfield improvements. This thoughtful vision for the future benefits the airport to this day as work continues on the Terminal Redevelopment Program.

While his work has been rewarding, Russ says it’s the people who made his time at the airport so special. “To my very good fortune, I had the honor and a privilege to spend a full career associating with incredible colleagues,” he says. “All of us engaged as a team to make Salt Lake City International Airport the dynamic, efficient, and exciting operation that it is today.”

Russ Pack’s institutional knowledge, experience and passion for the industry will be missed on the board. We thank Russ for his service to the airport and to Salt Lake City and wish him the very best!

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New Entrance to Economy Parking Opens

Today, with the help of the University of Utah cheer squad, Salt Lake City International Airport opened its new entrance to the economy parking lot. The new entrance is approximately 500 feet south of the old entrance, requiring a quicker left turn. The change to the parking entrance provides convenient access to the lot, including the 3,200 additional stalls in the new south parking area and keeps passengers away from the construction to the north.

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The opening of the new entrance is an exciting milestone for the airport’s Terminal Redevelopment Program, and an enabling project for construction of the new rental car facilities north of the economy lot.

Signage is posted and our staff are here to help you find your way. Have a safe flight and Happy Holidays!