Memorial Report 2016

I remember in the early 1980’s when the FFAO had the idea of erecting a memorial to remember all firefighters in the province of Ontario who had passed away, sometimes very tragically, and others from natural causes. The FFAO and all its members, under the tireless efforts of chairman Dan Little of the Orangeville Fire Department worked hard to raise the funds to build the memorial where it stands today.

On October 2, 1988, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, unveiled the Firefighters’ Memorial at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst. The Memorial is dedicated to firefighters, past, present and future, who commit themselves to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Ontario. That day, 55 fire departments were represented, each one covering the memorial with a wreath. It was a day to remember.

The FFAO have held a service and short parade at the Ontario Fire College every year since, to remember the names of those who have passed in the year. Unfortunately, membership numbers have been dropping, but we have had such a good working relationship with the College staff every year to organize these event.

I would like to see us, in the fire service,  rekindle the spirit to remember those friends and colleagues who mentored us and lead the way to help make the fire service a more safety conscious place to work.

Throughout the year I have attended many funerals representing the FFAO and its members.  I keep a list of names of those departed to be read out at our meetings, as well as at the memorial service in Gravenhurst and the Convention memorial service, so they will not be forgotten. Please do your best to attend Memorial Parade & Service on Saturday June 25 at the Ontario Fire College.

All fire departments are welcome, bring your family and make it a day out, bring back your memories of training there.

We will also host a parade and memorial service on Sunday, July 31st at the FFAO 2016 Convention in Wainfleet. Details are here: FFAO Convention Memorial Service

Calendar for the memorials in Ontario:

OTTAWA: SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa

TORONTO: Octobert 2, 2016
Toronto Queens Park Firefighters Memorial

 

Thank you,

Captain Dennis Thain (retired),  F.F.A.O. Memorial Chairman.