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  • IAFC 9/11 Protocol

    IAFC MEMBER NEWS ALERT


    For Immediate Release
    Contact: IAFC - 703/273-0911

    IAFC Issues Suggestions for
    September 11 Remembrance

    Washington, D.C., Friday, August 15, 2003......The International
    Association of Fire Chiefs has developed a possible recommended protocol
    for U.S. fire departments who wish to mark the annual commemoration of
    the losses suffered by the nation on September 11, 2001.

    The suggested protocol is in response to a significant number of
    requests of the IAFC from member departments who wish to mark the
    anniversary in some way.

    In making the recommendation, the IAFC states that the ceremony is a
    proposed format only-and does not constitute a national day of
    recognition. Further, the IAFC stresses that such participation is
    entirely voluntary and should be considered on a community-by-community
    basis with the input of local law enforcement and municipal leadership
    as well.

    For those departments wishing to mark the 9-11 anniversary, the
    following ceremony is proposed:

    MOMENT OF SILENCE WITH BELLS

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003

    9:58 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

    * All available fire department personnel assemble at attention
    in front of individual station flag pole (or central location in front
    of building)

    o No recommended uniform of the day-up to department discretion

    o Company officer or Chaplain, if present, may choose to make
    brief remarks

    o No badge shrouds or lowered flag

    o Community involvement is optional

    * When assembled, maintain silence

    9:59 a.m. EDT- Time of South Tower Collapse

    * Station bell rings 5-5-5 (three sets of five chimes each) or 5-5-5-5
    (four sets of five chimes each- both are common and acceptable)

    note-some stations may not have bells, and may opt for

    --Local church bells
    --Sound sirens for 1 minute (check with neighbors for
    approval)

    10:00 a.m. EDT - 1 Minute of Complete Silence

    Additional actions may include, if desired:

    ** Read the names of each of the 343 fire fighters from FDNY (approx 10
    min.)

    ** The chief fire officer, city or county officials, local minister or
    other designated person might speak

    ** Local minister or FD Chaplain recites Invocation or Firefighter's
    Prayer (see IAFC Web site)

    ** Invite attendees to reflect on all the lives lost on September 11,
    law enforcement and civilian, as well as fire service.

    ** Recognize any line of duty deaths the department itself has suffered
    in the past year.

    ** Perform any specific regional/department/station traditions for
    services.

    Dismissal

    Considerations:

    * If a commemorative event is performed, it is recommended that it

    not be limited to the fire service. Rather, the remembrance of the day
    should include all the victims of the tragedy on 9 -11: fire service,
    law enforcement and civilians alike, including the families of those who
    were lost.

    * The event should not focus solely on the World Trade Center, but
    should include a remembrance of all three attack sites including
    Arlington, Va. (The Pentagon) and Shanksville, Pa.

    Background Materials

    The IAFC has made electronic copies of the "Firefighter's Prayer"
    available online at the IAFC Web site at:
    http://www.iafc.org/faq/index.shtml#prayer

    The roll call list of the 343 FDNY fire fighters for those who wish to
    read the names is available at:
    http://www.iafc.org/pdf/other/fdnylist.doc

    Please go to www.iafc.org <http://www.iafc.org/> for more information.
    Vintage Firefighter:
    "The older I get the braver I was!"

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