The Firefighter

The Firefighter
Successive images of The Firefighter who points to the names of the fallen. These photographs were taken between September 2012 and August 2013.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Canadian Firefighters Memorial, September 28, 2014

These pictures were taken two weeks after the Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. I arrived at the site about mid afternoon. The angle of the light from the sun was pretty much ideal. Some of the foliage on the site showed fall colours. One maple tree had almost completely dropped its leaves. The oak trees had started to turn orange. The fencing on the site has been removed. It had been taken down before the ceremony two weeks earlier but I didn't notice it then.

You can see one of the oak tree's leaves have turned orange.

You can see the maple tree on the left has almost dropped all its leaves.

The limber pines are doing very well. I estimate they have each grown about
1.25 meters / 4 feet since they were planted.

One of the limber pines even has a pine cone.

The light was just about ideal for photographing the statue.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony - 2014 - part 1 of 5

The 2014 Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony took place on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. The ceremony started at 10:30 a.m. I arrived at the site around 9:00 a.m. with my camera to take photographs. I took 245 of them. This is hardly a complete record of the event but it's what I managed to record of it. The pictures are posted unedited in chronological order in five parts.

I approached the memorial from the southeast. The helmet party
had already arrived to practice.

The firefighter has been given a second coat of whatever the material
is that gives him that nice rich dark patina.

Ladder trucks from the Ottawa Fire Service and the Mississippi Mills
Fire Department would support the large Canadian Flag.

It bothers me that this is out of focus.

The rehearsal of the helmet party was rained out the day before so it was done
very early on the day of the ceremony.

The cadets have done a tremendous job helping with the ceremony every year
since it started. In my opinion they are very much appreciated.

An urban firefighter with an axe and a wildland firefighter with a Pulaski did
silent sentry duty. A Pulaski is a combination axe and mattock used by wildland
firefighters on the ground.

In the Canadian Armed Forces it is the Air Force that has the firefighting
trade. That's why you see most of the military personnel involved in the
ceremony wearing the Air Force uniform.

These are medallions presented to each of the families of a fallen firefighter.
Each medallion has the name of the firefighter engraved on the back.

The Canadian Armed Forces provide sound equipment and members of the
military to operate it.