Fire service workers to greet families for memorial...

BWI DIGEST

October 01, 2001

Fire service workers to greet families for memorial weekend

Fire service personnel from across the country, including the BWI Fire and Rescue Department and members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, will serve as honor guards and greet the families of fallen firefighters arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Airport this weekend.

The families will come through BWI to attend private and public ceremonies during National Firefighters Memorial Weekend, held annually on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg. Fire service personnel volunteer as escorts and assist with activities during the event.

Families arriving at BWI will be directed to a hospitality room for refreshments. Firefighters will help the families load luggage into vans provided by the University of Maryland Fire Rescue Institute and drive families to the ceremonies.

Baggage service moves for three airlines

Northwest, Continental and Delta airlines have moved into new baggage service offices at the south end of the terminal. Airport skywalks will be constructed at the site of the old offices as part of an $1.8 billion expansion plan.

Skywalks at each concourse will separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic. When complete in 2003, the skywalks will reach from the top floor of the parking garage to the terminal.

Skywalks will be enclosed, heated and air-conditioned and feature moving sidewalks. Elevators and escalators will carry travelers to the ticketing and baggage-claim levels.

Alternate runway to close for five weeks for repairs

Starting tomorrow, alternate runway 04/22 will be closed on a periodic basis for maintenance and repairs. The work is expected to last about five weeks.

Some communities around the airport may notice changes in air-traffic patterns during the closure. The Maryland Aviation Administration coordinates its efforts with the Federal Aviation Administration to limit runway closures that affect communities around BWI.

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