The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announce that the 26th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend will be held October 6-7, 2007. A plaque with the names of 87 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2006 will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, located here on the National Fire Academy campus. The names of 4 firefighters who died in previous years will also be added. The plaques surrounding the Memorial, which was established in 1981, will contain the names of more than 3,100 firefighters.
Thirty-three states experienced line-of-duty deaths in 2006. Deaths resulted from many causes, including vehicle accidents while en route to or returning from emergency calls, training incidents, building collapses, being struck by objects (vehicles, trees) at the incident scene, falls, heart attacks, helicopter crashes, drowning, and burns.
Five multiple fatality incidents accounted for 15 deaths. Two multiple fatality incidents occurred at structural fires while the other three occurred during air operations or while fighting wild fires. Wildland fires, controlled burns, and air craft training/certification for wildland protection resulted in 20 fatalities. New York suffered the Nation’s greatest number of line-of-duty firefighter deaths in 2006 with 12, followed by North Carolina with 9, California with 8, and New Jersey with 5.
Hal Bruno, Chairman of the NFFF Board of Directors, stated: “Survivors and members of the fire service travel from across the country to honor their loved ones and fallen comrades at the Memorial Weekend. They receive emotional support and meet others who suffered loss. The Foundation’s services are offered to the families and colleagues of fallen firefighters not only following a line-of-duty death but for years to come.”
For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation call 301-447-1365 or visit http://www.firehero.org. The live Internet broadcasts of both the Luminary Services on October 6th and the Memorial Service October 7th will be available at:
Live on the Web
STATter 911, a Weblog on wusa9.com created by W*USA 9 NEWS NOW reporter Dave Statter, will provide the first-ever, live streaming web coverage of the annual Candelight Service and Memorial Service held at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
This is the first time in the event’s twenty-six year history that it will be streamed live on the web. The streaming, which can be seen on STATter911.com, will begin with the candlelight service at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton on Saturday evening October 6th from 6pm to 9pm. It will be hosted by Dave Statter, who oversees the STATter 911 blog on wusa9.com, which can also be accessed at STATter911.com. Statter is a reporter for W*USA-TV’s 9 News Now news team, and a former volunteer firefighter and EMT.
The Web streaming continues on Sunday October 7th from 10am to 1:30pm at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, held at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, the official national monument to all fallen firefighters. This coverage will also be hosted by Statter, along with Hillary Howard of WTOP Radio.
Watch the broacasts on David Statter’s Weblog: www.statter911.com