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Department of Public Safety

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport’s Department of Public Safety is a dual function department that oversees the Security Service, as well as the Aircraft Fire/Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, to the Airport’s visitors and traveling public.

The Director – Public Safety, under the general direction of the Executive Director, heads the Department, along with the Assistant Director – Public Safety / Airport Security Coordinator (ASC).

Along with public services, the Public Safety Office controls and issues all ID access media and parking permits. Identification access media and parking permits are available by appointment only Monday through Friday. The Public Safety Office is closed on holidays and weekends.

Please be aware of AVP’s ID Renewal Policy of SIDA badge holders:

It is the responsibility of each individual to renew his or her Badge. Airport ID Badges are issued with an expiration date on the applicant’s birthday that is no more than 12 months from the date of issuance. ID badges may be renewed within sixty (60) days before the badge expiration date. Applicants reporting 30 days AFTER THEIR EXPIRATION DATE are required to restart the badging process as a new applicant. Applicable fees will apply.

The following information is regarding AVP ID’s for new applicants:

Fingerprinting – You will need to schedule this appointment if:

     1.) you are new to the Airport and do not currently have an ID.

You will need to have a completed ID badge application signed by an Authorized Signer from the company you are applying through.

Two forms of ID from the following list:

  • U.S Passport (unexpired)
  • U.S. Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by a state or possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph (unexpired)
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal
  • U.S. Military ID card (unexpired)
  • U.S. citizen ID card (Form 1-197)
  • U.S. Military dependent’s ID card (unexpired)
  • ID Card for use of Resident Citizen in the United States (Form 1-179)
  • Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350)
  • Unexpired employment authorization document issued by DHS
  • Native American tribal document

     2.) You have previously had an AVP ID, but it has been longer than 30 days since you last turned in your ID.

You will need to follow the same steps as above.

Airport Security

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport provides a full-time Security Service consisting of a Chief and eight (8) law enforcement officers spanning 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. All law enforcement officers are trained and certified under the Acts 120 and 235 and undergo over 40 hours of extensive training to meet FAA requirements under FAR Part 107 and FAR Part 139.

Due to the broad spectrum of activities and dignitaries visiting the Airport, the law enforcement officers work closely with a number of local, State and Federal agencies, including the Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Customs, and both Federal and State Drug Enforcement agencies. 

Fire/Rescue & Emergency Medical Services

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport provides fire/rescue and emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week and is manned by Airport personnel. Each employee undergoes approximately 20 days of fire/rescue training initially and reoccurring training each month. The department has two (2) full-time Lead Firemen that are responsible for both fire and medical training. Each employee, along with their medical training, is certified by the American Heart Association in C.P.R. and the use of a defibrillator. The Airport is equipped with a full compliment of EMS equipment and medical supplies, including defibrillators located in the Terminal Building. 

Department of Public Safety

570.602.2022 (Phone)
570.602.2025 (Fax)


570.602.2023 (Phone)
570.826.8044 (Pager)

Emergency Net

570.602.2040 (Phone)

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