Welcome to the 15th CFFF Memorial Ceremony. The National Defense Fire Service will serve as your 2018 Honourary Host.
Below you find a list and schedule of events and activities to take place over the duration of the Memorial Weekend. While in the nation’s capital, we hope you will have an opportunity to visit the many sites and museums. To find out more visit www.ottawatourism.ca.
We ask that all those attending respect the Families of the Fallen at all times while in Ottawa.
TRANSPORTATION. For those seeking ground transportation, more information will be provided at a later date regarding shuttle service. Please check this site for updates.
- Friday, September 7th – City of Ottawa Fire Services Memorial, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave.
- Ceremony begins at 12:00 pm at the Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial. For inquiries, contact John Sobey at firstname.lastname@example.org
- CFFF Merchandise and Souvenir Store
Located in the O’Connor Room in the Ottawa Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street.
Hours of operation: Friday, September 7th (4:00 – 9:00 pm); Saturday, September 8th (08:30 am – 7:00 pm) and Sunday, September 9th (At the conclusion of the memorial Ceremony until 2:00 pm).
3) Friday, September 7th – CFFF Hospitality Event
Penthouse level (17th floor) at the Sheraton from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Open to all family and Participants.
4) Ceremony Briefing and Rehearsal – Saturday, September 8th at 10:30 am.
Participants are requested to meet at the CFFF Memorial site. Located at the intersection of Lett St. and the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway on LeBreton Flats.
- Open to fire fighters who wish to learn or brush up on their parade drill to attend.
- Fire service flag (colour) parties will be under the direction CFFF Colour Guard commander, Luigi Davoli.
- All other firefighters will make up the Honour Guard under direction of the parade commander and ceremony director, John Sobey, CWO (CF, Retired) Bruce Paradis and CWO (CF) Gerard Slaunwhite.
- Uniforms are NOT required for the rehearsal. Please dress for the weather.
- All pipers and drummers will meet under the direction of Pipe Major Gary Ford.
- Briefing and Rehearsal will proceed rain or shine.
5) CFFF Meet and Greet. - Saturday, September 8th - 2:00 – 6:00pm
- Sponsored by “Levitt Safety”, CFFF Ambassadors Céline Guerin, Joel Beriault and Mike Dunlop (House of Commons Fire Systems and Prevention) will host our firefighter and families “Meet and Greet” in the Centre Block, Room 237 - C on Parliament Hill from 1:00 – 6:00pm.
- Access is through public entrance below the Peace Tower.
- Photo ID required and it helps to be wearing the CFFF pin which can be purchased at the CFFF store at the Ottawa Sheraton.
- Tours specific for CFFF participants of the Centre Block will be arranged for 14:30, 15:00 15:30 and 16:00 in English. A tour at 15:45 will be offered in either French or English depending. For further information or to reserve a tour, contact Celine by e-mail at email@example.com . The tours will depart from the event room 237-C.
6) Pints and Pipers at the Highlander Pub – Saturday evening, September 8th
- While there are many pubs and restaurants to visit in the market area and Elgin Street, two locations have become popular with visiting firefighters and their families.
- At the Highlander Pub (115 Rideau at Williams) or Sir John A’s (284 Elgin Street) where you will usually find a few pipers and drummers having a good time!
7) CFFF Parade Muster - Sunday, September 9th.
- The 15th Annual Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony will take place at the CFFF Memorial, Lebreton Flats.
- Fire Service personnel wishing to participate in the ceremony are requested to appear in full dress uniform with medals and head dress.
- Muster point is the Garden of the Provinces and Territories Park, located on the west side of Bay Street, at Wellington, across from the National Archives of Canada Bldg, no later than 09:30.
- Remember to turn off or place on silent all electronic devices.
- Sunglasses are not to be worn.
- No white gloves except for colour party members.
- In the event of inclement weather, departmental/service rain coats should be worn.