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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Fire & Rescue Department


The City of Baltimore opened the then-named Friendship International Airport in 1950. The Airport Fire & Rescue Department was formed in 1958, under the authority of the U.S. Air Force Research and Development Wing. In the early 1960's, the Airport Fire & Rescue Department became part of the Baltimore City Fire Department.

The State of Maryland purchased Friendship International Airport from the City of Baltimore in 1972, and members of the Airport Fire Rescue Service become State employees in 1974. The Airport was renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) in 1973, and the Fire Rescue Service was renamed the BWI Airport Fire & Rescue Department (BWI FRD) in 1999, this new designation better reflecting the diverse mission and full-scale operation of the BWIFRD, and the services it provides to Airport employees and patrons.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We have developed the site to provide you with as much information as possible about who we are and what we do for the traveling public and airport community. The men and women of the BWI Fire Department will embrace current and future challenges to insure that public fire and life safety is maintained throughout the community to the highest possible levels.

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Maryland Aviation Administration  - P.O. Box 8766 - BWI Airport, MD 21240-0766 -  410-859-7111 - Toll Free: 1-800-"I FLY BWI" (800-435-9294)

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