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DFW Airport Co-Sponsors Safety And Defense Fair For North Texas Families

Airport’s Department Of Public Safety Teams With National Defense, Civic Organizations To Protect Children, Home And Community

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas (March 27, 2003) – Security from airports to backyards is on the minds of many citizens today. DFW is teaming with more than a dozen federal, state and local civic organizations to provide situational awareness and security tips at a Safety and Defense Fair from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Irving Bazaar, a North Texas multi-cultural market place. Irving Bazaar is located at 2800 West Irving Blvd., between Story Road and Belt Line.

The fair is free to the public and representatives from public service organizations will be on hand to provide safety and emergency procedure information to children and adults.

DFW Airport's Department of Public Safety and Public Affairs Department representatives will be on hand to answer security and travel questions, provide an Aircraft Fire Rescue Truck for close-up inspection, and to provide coloring books, crayons and other give-ways for the kids. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, the Texas National Guard and ROTC will also be on hand to provide security information, joined by City of Irving Police and Fire Departments, American Red Cross, Mexican Consulate, Irving Family Advocacy Center, Phoenix House, ONCOR and Brighter Tomorrows.

"DFW is always looking for ways to inform and educate our travelers, our guests, as well as the community at large," says Ken Capps, vice president of public affairs at the Airport." It is indeed an honor for DFW to work with members of our armed services, our public safety officers and a number of other advocates who assist children and families every day."

Exhibits will include home safety, 911 instruction, children ID kits, and fire safety. The Irving Police will provide free fingerprint and photo ID kits for the first 300 children to arrive at the fair. "We are expecting a large turn-out and encourage families to bring their children and participate in this event," says Irving Police Officer John Vardiman. For more information call Thursday - Sunday at 214 674 0423 or 972 986 1640.

Community partnership programs such as this Civic Fair for families reflect a desire and willingness on the part of government, education, and the aviation community to promote a better understanding of safety awareness for children, home and community.

Assignment Editors, Community, Safety and Education Reporters Note: With local and state and national representatives, the safety fair exhibits are highly visual, featuring a diverse mix of safety and defense situational awareness representatives.

Media interested in covering the safety and defense fair should contact Barbara Pack, DFW Public Affairs at 972 574 8078, bpack@dfwairport.com.

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's third busiest, offering nearly 2000 flights per day and serving 55 million passengers a year. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 132 domestic and 31 international destinations worldwide.

Editor's Notes: This release, and past news releases issued by DFW International Airport, are available online at www.dfwairport.com in the “MediaSite” section.

For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, log on to www.dfwairport.com. To arrange interviews contact DFW Public Affairs at 972 574 NEWS (6397) or Ken Capps, APR, Vice President Public Affairs, kcapps@dfwairport.com.