[Nfbc-info] Fw: Relief for Service Pets at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

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Wed Aug 12 19:27:55 UTC 2009

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Rhonda Jorn 
To: Rhonda Jorn 
Cc: Elizabeth Kunz 
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:05 PM
Subject: Relief for Service Pets at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Dear Valued Passengers,

The staff at Fresno Yosemite International Airport are proud to announce the newly created relief area exclusively for Service Pets as described in the Release below.


Airports Public Affairs Officer Vikkie Calderon will provide more details about this area to you and your colleagues at the monthly meeting on September 14th during unscheduled communication.


A special thanks to Emily Simone and Dr. Ed Eames for their input and support of this project at FYI.


For Immediate Release

City of Fresno - Airports                                                          CONTACT:  Vikkie Calderon
4995 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727                                                      (559) 621-4522


FYI Opens New Service Animal Area 


FRESNO, CA (August 10, 2009) - Fresno Yosemite International Airport is pleased to announce the opening of the new Service Animal Relief Area.  The new service animal area provides a convenience for passengers traveling with service animals and complies with the recent implementation of the Department of Transportation's Air Carrier Access Act Rule that requires these designated areas..  


Passengers accompanied by service animals simply request  an escort from an authorized airline representative to and from the animal relief area.   The relief area was designed to provide a humane and secure location for special needs passengers to care for the needs of their travelling companions. The relief area consists of synthetic grass footing, fencing for animal safety, and a fire hydrant for a touch of authenticity.


The new Service Animal Relief Area has received the support of Dr. Ed Eames, President of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners and a Board member of Disability Rights California.  Dr. Eames stated, "When arriving home in Fresno after traveling cross-country, it's a relief to know my guide dog Latrell can relieve himself in a comfortable and safe environment.  I congratulate Fresno Yosemite International Airport for collaborating with the disabled community in establishing a model facility." 


Vikkie Calderon, FYI Airport Public Information Officer commented, "We're pleased with the staff at FYI for their commitment to collaborate with the disabled community to create something unique to their needs while meeting the mandatory regulation."  


# # #

Rhonda Jorn


Marketing & PR Manager

Fresno Yosemite International Airport






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