Firefighting

2004 National Fallen Firefighters Candlelight and Memorial Services To Be Broadcast Live October 2-3

Emmitsburg, MD – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has announced that two of the major events taking place during the 2004 Memorial Weekend (October 2-3) will be available for broadcast live via satellite, for easy downlink.

Satellite coordinates for the Candlelight Service (October 2) and the National Memorial Service (October 3) are provided below. The Memorial Weekend will honor 107 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2003, and three firefighters who died in previous years.

The Candlelight Service will feature musical selections by members of the fire service and survivors of fallen firefighters and a video tribute to 2003 fallen heroes. Families of fallen firefighters will light commemorative candles for the Fallen firefighters. Luminaria decorated by the children attending Family Day will be displayed during the ceremony. As the ceremony closes, survivors of firefighters killed in previous years will light the Remembrance Candle, a symbol of the hope and enduring friendship shared by all who have lost a firefighter.

The National Memorial Service will remember America’s bravest who died in the line of duty in 2003. Thousands of people are expected to attend and celebrate the lives of these American heroes. The ceremony, rich in fire service traditions, will begin with an honor guard and bagpiper salute. Families will receive American flags flown over the Nation’s Capitol and the Emmitsburg monument. The tribute will conclude with the unveiling of the memorial plaque listing the names of the 2003 fallen heroes and those honored from earlier years.

The Foundation will broadcast the Candlelight Service live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Saturday, October 2, 2004. The feed begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and the Candlelight Service will last from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. (EDT).

The Foundation will broadcast the National Memorial Service live from the National Fire Academy campus on Sunday, October 3, 2004. The satellite test period will begin at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) and the service will start at 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

The satellite coordinates are:

C-BAND
Satellite: Telesat ANIK F-1 (C-Band)
Transponder: 4b
Polarization: Vertical
Channel Number: 8
Downlink Frequency: 3860 MHz
Orbital Position: 107 Degrees West Longitude
Audio Frequency: 6.2/6.8
Technical Trouble Phone #: (717) 221-2959
Uplinked from WITF Harrisburg, PA

KU-BAND
Satellite: SBS-6 (Ku-Band)
Transponder: 16
Polarization: Vertical
Channel Number: 16
Downlink Frequency: 12092 MHz
Orbital Position: 74 Degrees West Longitude
Audio Frequency: 6.2/6.8
Technical Trouble Phone #: (301) 447-5058 (prime), (301) 447-1582 (back-up)

For more information on the 2004 Memorial Weekend, and a list of firefighters from your state who will be honored, visit www.firehero.org.