On Wednesday morning, September 11, all Ventura County Fire Department stations will hold a special remembrance for the firefighters and others who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
The public is invited to visit any of the 32 Ventura County Fire Department stations to participate in the short ceremony. The remembrance will follow the following schedule:
- 6:45 a.m. – Fire apparatus will roll out of the stations and be positioned on the station ramps.
- 6:55 a.m. – Firefighters will stand at attention and raise the U.S. flag. Silence will be maintained.
- 6:59 a.m. – A special tone will be broadcast over the fire radio followed by four sets of five bells. One minute of complete silence will be maintained.
The time coincides with the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower and the bells are traditionally used by the fire service to commemorate firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In addition, on September 11, all Ventura County Fire Department apparatus will fly mounted US flags and all personnel with badges will wear mourning bands.
At some stations, prayers may be offered or readings conducted, but all stations will participate in the ceremony to ensure that the 343 firefighters who perished that day are never forgotten.