Roadway exit leading to garage entrance to be cut to one...

BWI DIGEST

August 12, 2002

Roadway exit leading to garage entrance to be cut to one lane

Starting today, the roadway exit leading to the parking garage entrance at Baltimore-Washington International Airport will be reduced to one lane for about a month.

Between midnight and 6 a.m., crews will replace pavement on the airport's lower- level roadway and add an express lane.

Airport officials encourage people meeting or dropping off passengers to take advantage of the 30 minutes of free parking in the airport garage.

Airport firefighters getting emergency-response vehicle

BWI's fire department has a new weapon in its arsenal: a state-of-the-art emergency response vehicle called "Emergency One."

The new vehicle has a 95-foot ladder, a platform that can hold up to 1,000 pounds, and the ability to blast 1,500 gallons of water a minute.

Other highlights: hydraulic rescue tools and equipment for specialty rescues when hazardous materials or gases are involved; a thermal imaging camera to spot trapped victims, fire walls and hot spots on aircraft; and forcible entry equipment.

The $600,000 vehicle will be staffed with four firefighters at all times and will be put into service this fall.

Plane-pull is Sept. 28 to aid Special Olympics

A plane-pull will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Midfield Cargo Complex at BWI. Admission and parking are free.

In the event, teams of 25 compete to see which can pull a 72-ton Boeing 727 FedEx plane 12 feet the fastest and with the lowest combined team weight. Entrance fee for teams is $1,000, which usually comes from sponsors.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Maryland.

Information: Maria Hiewsky, 800-541-7544.

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