2017 CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 10:30 AM AT THE CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL IN OTTAWA
The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) is pleased to announce that the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) service will be the Honourary Host of the CFFF Memorial Weekend to be held in Ottawa this coming September 2017.
This is an important milestone for HRFE and firefighters across Canada since Halifax was the site of the Halifax Explosion on the 6 December 1917 when the SS Mont-Blanc collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Halifax harbor/Bedford Basin, causing the largest man made explosion before the invention of atomic weapons. The explosion killed approximately 2,000 people and injured an estimated 9,000 others. Of those who lost their lives that day nine were firefighters from West Street Station 2 attempting to extinguish the pre-explosion fire, making this the largest loss of firefighters in a single event in Canadian history.
One hundred years later, Halifax will honour these nine firefighters engraved on the Canadian Firefighters Memorial and have graciously taken on the Honorary Host duties for the 2017 national ceremony in Ottawa. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation would like to thank both Chief Trussler and the men and woman of HRFE for taking on this task. HRFE is no stranger to the memorial ceremony having hosted in 2007 and also having uniformed members in attendance every year.
The ceremony will pay tribute to the over 1300 Canadian firefighters who have lost their lives serving Canada since 1848. The names of all firefighters added to the honour roll since the last ceremony will be read at the ceremony. In addition, special presentations will be made to the families of those firefighters who were actively employed at their time of death.