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DFW International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport sign Memorandum of Understanding for Fire Training

Shared effort to enhance cooperation in fire safety and engineering

SINGAPORE, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport and Changi Airport Group (CAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to enhance shared efforts and cooperation between DFW Airport's Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Changi's Airport Emergency Service (AES) division in the areas of fire-fighting, rescue, evacuation and fire safety strategies.

"This agreement sets the stage for us to build and maintain a close strategic partnership between DFW and CAG with a goal of saving lives," said Jim Crites, Executive Vice President of Operations.   "Both airports are committed to the safety and security of their passengers, customers and people and this enables us to share and exchange expertise in areas of fire-fighting, rescue and evacuation operations."

Tan Lye Teck, Executive Vice President, Airport Management, Changi Airport Group said, "We are very pleased to partner with DFW in this partnership which will facilitate a mutual exchange of best practices in emergency operations and training between both organizations. This will further develop the expertise and skills of our officers, and enable them to better respond to emergencies and crises within the airport."

Effective for five years, the MOU formalizes the partnership between the two airports to utilize assets that will continue to ensure operational excellence and safety with the best techniques in fire-fighting and training.

The DFW Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) offers the latest in fire response techniques and research to firefighters from around the world. The FTRC features a full-size mockup of an Airbus A380, as well as an award winning interactive curriculum and some of the world's most highly trained instructors on aircraft rescue firefighting.

Changi's Airport Emergency Service (AES) has over the years, established itself as one of the leading organizations in Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting. It provides rescue and fire protection at Singapore Changi and Seletar Airports as well as at the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) airbases within the Republic to the highest standards prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  

Both airports conduct their respective training exercises throughout the year, designed to have the skills and assist in the development of their fire-fighting personnel. Under the MOU, each airport will be responsible for organizing a training program for the fire-fighting personnel from the partner airport.

About DFW International Airport
Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering nearly 1,900 flights per day and serving 58 million passengers a year. DFW provides nonstop service to 148 domestic and 52 international destinations worldwide. For seven consecutive years, DFW has ranked among the top ten large airports worldwide for customer service in surveys conducted by Airports Council International. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com.

About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009.  As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services.  CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world's most awarded airport with more than 440 accolades received since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are over 350 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport's three terminals.  Changi handled more than 51 million passenger movements in 2012, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 110 airlines flying to over 250 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.

SOURCE DFW International Airport

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