Fire service workers to greet families for memorial...


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 next weekend, beginning Friday.

The families will come through BWI to attend private and public ceremonies during the National Firefighters Memorial Weekend, staged annually on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg. Fire service personnel volunteer as escorts and assist with activities during the memorial 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. New airport "skywalks" will be constructed in their place as part of the $1.8 billion expansion plan.

Skywalks at each concourse will separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the airport roadway. When complete in 2003, skywalks will carry travelers from the top floor of the parking garage over the roadway and into the terminal.

Skywalks will be enclosed, heated and air-conditioned and have moving sidewalks. New elevators and escalators will transport travelers to the ticketing and baggage-claim levels.

Alternate runway to close for five weeks for repairs

Runway 04/22, an alternate runway primarily used during adverse wind conditions, will be temporarily closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, beginning Tuesday, for maintenance and pavement repairs. The closure will last about five weeks.

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

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