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 11, 2017

Statement Issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, September 10, 2017

“Today, on the first annual Firefighters’ National Memorial Day, we take a moment to remember those who have answered their last alarm.

“We solemnly honour Canada’s more than 1,300 firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the first recorded fatality in 1848, including the 13 who have died this year. We mourn them with their loved ones, friends and colleagues.

“There can be no greater gesture than to put oneself in harm’s way to save the life of another. We must never forget the enormous risks our firefighters face to keep us safe, or the sacrifices they and their families are called upon to make.

“In particular, I want to offer our sincere gratitude for the efforts of the firefighters who having been fighting the 2017 wildfires in British Columbia, and of those who tackled the 2016 blaze in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“Firefighting is fraught with danger, and that includes emotional and mental stress. We recognize the toll this work takes on the lives of firefighters and those close to them.

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the women and men who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe. Budget 2017 includes an investment of $80 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, and $20 million thereafter, for the establishment of a grant program to support the families of all public safety officers – firefighters, police and paramedics – who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep Canadians safe.

“Working collaboratively with provinces, territories, first responders, and other key stakeholders, we are also developing a coordinated national action plan to address post-traumatic stress disorder and other occupational stress injuries, in support of public safety officers.

“Every year from now on, to honour the service and sacrifice of Canada’s firefighters, the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on all federal buildings and establishments — including the Peace Tower — from sunrise to sunset on the second Sunday in September.

“Today, as we remember and honour the legacy of sacrifice, dedication and bravery provided by our firefighters, let us ensure that Canada forever remains a country where generosity of heart prevails, and where Canadians continue to look out for the wellbeing of those around them.”


« Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion du premier Jour commémoratif national des pompiers, nous prenons un moment pour nous rappeler ceux qui ont répondu à l’alarme pour la dernière fois.

« Nous rendons un hommage solennel à plus de 1 300 pompiers du Canada, dont 13 d’entre eux cette année, qui ont perdu la vie en devoir depuis 1848, soit l’année où le premier décès a été enregistré. Nous les pleurons ensemble avec leurs proches, amis et collègues.

« Il n’existe aucun geste plus noble que celui de mettre sa vie en péril pour en sauver une autre. Nous ne devons jamais oublier les risques énormes que prennent nos pompiers pour assurer notre protection, ou les sacrifices que nous demandons de ces derniers et de leur famille.

« En particulier, je tiens à remercier sincèrement les pompiers qui combattent les feux de forêt cette année en Colombie-Britannique, et ceux qui ont lutté contre le brasier en 2016, à Fort McMurray, en Alberta.

« Combattre des incendies présente de multiples dangers, dont le stress émotionnel et mental. Nous reconnaissons le fardeau que ce travail représente pour les pompiers ainsi que pour leurs proches.

« Le gouvernement du Canada reste engagé à appuyer les femmes et les hommes qui risquent leur vie pour protéger les Canadiens. Le budget de 2017 comprend un investissement de 80 millions de dollars sur cinq ans, à compter de 2018-2019, et de 20 millions de dollars par la suite, pour l’établissement d’un programme à cet égard. Il s’agira d’un programme de subvention pour soutenir la famille de tous les agents de sécurité publique, y compris pompiers, policiers et ambulanciers, qui ont fait le sacrifice ultime afin d’assurer la protection des Canadiens.

« Nous travaillons également ensemble avec les premiers intervenants, les provinces, les territoires et d’autres intervenants clés en vue d’élaborer un plan d’action national concerté pour répondre à l’état de stress post-traumatique et à d’autres traumatismes liés au stress professionnel. Le programme viendra ainsi en aide aux agents de sécurité publique.

« Chaque année à partir de maintenant, pour honorer le service et le sacrifice des pompiers canadiens, le drapeau canadien sera mis en berne sur tous les immeubles et établissements fédéraux, dont la Tour de la Paix, du lever au coucher du soleil, le deuxième dimanche de septembre.

« Aujourd’hui, alors que nous soulignons et honorons le sens du sacrifice, du dévouement et de la bravoure dont nos pompiers font preuve, faisons en sorte que le Canada demeure à jamais un pays où la générosité du cœur triomphe, et où les Canadiens continuent de veiller au bien-être des gens qui les entourent. »

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Canadian Firefighters Memorial, August 6, 2017

I didn't get to the memorial site in July. Blues Fest takes place across the street, outside the War Memorial in July, making it almost impossible to get a parking spot. Last week Long Ma and Kumo occupied the vicinity bringing thousands of people to see them battle near the War Museum. I would have loved to see them but, since a bus only comes out my way once every Thursday, I must go by car and I wouldn't get a parking spot.

The Memorial looks really good. The plants put in as part of the landscaping have taken to and adapted very well to their environment. Most of them are flourishing. What can I say? Looking good.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Canadian Firefighters Memorial, June 18, 2017

I've been going to the Seaway to photograph memorials for my blog site, titled, Memorials in Ottawa. The weather forecast for this day kept me in Ottawa and I photographed the Canadian Firefighters Memorial. The predicted thunderstorms didn't happen while I visited the site. We had a warm day with very high winds.

Work on the park to the west of the Firefighters Memorial has now completed. You can find the fire pole at about the picture's centre. Look to the left near its base and you'll see the firefighter statue.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Canadian Firefighters Memorial, May 21, 2017

With a low chance of rain I went to photograph the memorial. It did rain but it came down very lightly. Except for one tree, that hasn't got any leaves yet and may have died, the landscaping vegetation has come along quite nicely. The lone pine seems to have settled into its base and now puts its energy into growth.

All the other trees, pretty much everywhere, have their leaves coming on, but
this tree has no leaves showing. It might come along but it doesn't look good.