MCFRS News Release

National Fallen Firefighters to be Memorialized

Sunday Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr has been selected to present flags to several families of the nation's fallen firefighters during a memorial service on Sunday, October 7, 2007. President George Bush and Congressman Steny Hoyer will also be participating. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service honor guard, dozens of rank and file firefighters and emergency medical technicians and several fire and rescue units from Montgomery County will also be part of the weekend's activities. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration 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, California with 8, North Carolina with 9, and New Jersey had 5. The nine firefighters who died in a fire in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2007 will be recognized next year.

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."