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Service Program

September 16-20, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado 

GENERAL INFORMATION

All IAFF members attending are encouraged to wear their uniforms (preferably Class A (dress) uniforms), register and make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

IAFF Reception and Breakfast

On Friday evening, the IAFF will host a reception (business casual), beginning at 6:00 pm in the Colorado Grand Ballroom of Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center. On Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 am, the IAFF will host a breakfast buffet in the Colorado Grand Ballroom of Hotel Eleganté.  All family members and registered IAFF members are invited to attend. There is no charge for these events, however, we ask that family and IAFF members please wear their name badges that were provided at the Registration Area.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation

Beginning Wednesday, the IAFF and IAFF Members from Local 5-Colorado Springs Fire Fighters, will be staffing a Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation Center at the Colorado Springs Airport. They will assist in directing you to our hotel shuttles.   They will also provide any needed assistance and answer any of your questions.  The Family Greeting and Transportation Center will be located outside the secure area on the baggage claim level.  It will be open until 12:00 a.m. each evening.

FFFM Information and Transportation Center

The FFFM Information and Transportation Center will be located in the Main Lobby at Hotel Eleganté. The IAFF and members from Local 5-Colorado Springs Fire Fighters, will assist in any of your transportation needs, including shuttles to the Memorial site, restaurant transportation and return to airport shuttles. They will also provide any needed assistance and answer any of your questions. The FFFM Information and Transportation Center will be open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, and from 4:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. On Saturday, shuttles to the Memorial site will begin at 8:30 am at 20-minute intervals; shuttles back to the hotel will begin at the conclusion of the Memorial Service. The last shuttle to the Memorial will be at 10:30 pm to ensure that everyone is at the park for the start of the service.

IAFF FFFM Office

The IAFF FFFM Office, located in the Pike's Peak Room, just off the Lobby area of Hotel Eleganté, will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, except as otherwise specified on the agenda below.  IAFF staff will assist you with registration and answer any questions regarding Memorial activities.

FFFM Registration

Registration for all Family Members and IAFF Members will begin on Wednesday at 12:00 noon. The Registration area will be located in the Pike's Peak Room of Hotel Eleganté.  At registration, each of the family members will be provided with credentials as well as a welcoming gift and information packet.

Family Room

The Family Room is available to any family member who wishes to visit other family members who have suffered a line-of-duty death. The Family Room will be located in Room 2523 and will be open from Thursday through Saturday.

IAFF Honor Guard and Pipe Band

There will be an Honor Guard and Pipe Band meeting on Thursday at 4:00 pm in Hotel Eleganté's Ballroom One. The meeting is to provide details regarding the events leading to the Memorial Service. It will provide an opportunity to address Honor Guard and Pipe Band participation at the Service, including the presentation of the IAFF Flag. On Friday, Honor Guard and Pipe Band practice will begin at 9:00 am at the Memorial Site. Honor Guard and Pipe Band shuttles will begin departing for the site at 8:00 am. On Saturday, Honor Guard and Pipe Band practice will begin at 8:00 am at the memorial site. Honor Guard and Pipe Band shuttles will begin departing for the site at 7:00 am. All meetings and practice sessions require mandatory attendance by ALL members of the Honor Guard and Pipe Band.

Family and Escort Meeting

On Friday at 4:30 pm in Hotel Eleganté's Summit Ballroom there will be a Family and Escort Meeting. Each family member and IAFF Local affiliate is requested to send a representative to this meeting (of course all family members are invited). This meeting is to provide the family and their IAFF Local representative with specific information about the Memorial Service, including the details regarding the individual presentation of the IAFF Flag. There will be a reading of all names provided to ensure correct pronunciation and an opportunity to ask any questions.

IAFF – FFFM Gift Shop

The IAFF’s FFFM Gift Shop will be open beginning 10:00 am on Wednesday. It will remain open through Sunday as listed on the agenda below. The Gift Shop provides an assortment of Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial clothing and gift items as well as a number of IAFF items. Staff will also demonstrate and assist in the use of the IAFF On-Line Store. The Gift Shop will be located in the Foothills Ballroom of the Hotel Eleganté.

Motorcycle and Apparatus Procession – 2015

The motorcycle/fire apparatus procession will take place in two sections. The first section, motorcyclists and fire apparatus will leave the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Lakewood, Colorado on Saturday at 8:00 am. 

The procession will proceed to a staging area at the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs.  At 10:00 am the second section will depart and proceed to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial.  Additional information on the procession and fire department apparatus registration can be obtained by visiting www.iafflocal5.com.

All motorcycle riders and passengers participating in any portion of the day's rides must pre-register for insurance purposes. Registration can be completed by visiting www.ridetoremember.org/form.html. All fire fighter motorcyclists and fire departments are encouraged to participate in both sections of the procession! Sorry, the procession is not open to the public. Invitation letters and registration instructions will be emailed to all Colorado fire departments.

Memorial Site Information

The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who serve as professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel that have given their lives in the line of duty.  Since its creation in 1976, the names of the fallen IAFF members have been engraved into the wall of honor located behind the memorial.

  • The Memorial is lit at night.

  • Colorado Springs Fire Explorers will provide tracing paper and pencils to trace names from the Wall of Honor.

Directions to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

From Southbound I-25:  Take the Bijou Street exit East to Cascade Avenue.  Turn right on Cascade (South) to Pikes Peak Avenue.  Turn left on Pikes Peak (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue.

From Northbound I-25:  Take Cimarron Street exit (Highway 24) East to Wahsatch Street.  Turn left (North) on Wahsatch to Colorado Avenue.  Turn right on Colorado Avenue (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue.

The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is located on the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock Avenue.  Turn right (South) on Hancock and then left into the first park entrance.

 

FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER MEMORIAL AGENDA

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16    

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Information and Transportation Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

IAFF FFFM Office

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

IAFF - FFFM Gift Shop

Foothills Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

12 noon – 7:00 p.m.

FFFM Registration

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

12 noon – 5:00 p.m.

Shuttles to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17  

         8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

         8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

FFFM Information and Transportation Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

       8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

IAFF FFFM Office

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

       9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

IAFF - FFFM Gift Shop

Foothills Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

       9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

FFFM Registration

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Shuttle to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

     12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Family Room

Room 2523, Hotel Eleganté

        4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Meeting

 Ballroom One, Hotel Eleganté

  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18  

            8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

            8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

FFFM Information and Transportation Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

          8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

IAFF FFFM Office

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Elegantéa

          8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Honor Guard Shuttle to / from Memorial Site

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

           9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IAFF – FFFM Gift Shop

Foothills Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

          8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Shuttles to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

    9:00 a.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Practice

  FFFM Site

           9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

FFFM Registration

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

        12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Family Room

Room 2523, Hotel Eleganté

            4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Family and Escort Meeting

Summit Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

            6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

IAFF’s FFFM Reception

Colorado Grand Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19   

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

IAFF FFFM Office

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

FFFM Breakfast Buffet

Colorado Grand Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

FFFM Information and Transportation Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

7:00 a.m.

Honor Guard Shuttle to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m. (Lakewood)
1
0:00 a.m. (COS)

Ride to Remember - Motorcycle and Apparatus Procession

Lakewood, Colorado and
Chapel Hills Mall, COS

             7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
          
1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

IAFF – FFFM Gift Shop

Foothills Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

9:00 a.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Practice

FFFM Site

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Family Welcoming Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Family Room

Room 2523, Hotel Eleganté

8:30 a.m.

20 minute intervals Family Shuttle to Memorial Service

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

11:00 a.m.

Memorial Service

FFFM Site

1:00 p.m.

20 minute intervals Shuttle to Hotel

FFFM Site

2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Family Shuttle to Airport

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 

 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Transportation Center

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Family Shuttle to Airport

Main Lobby, Hotel Eleganté

   8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

IAFF FFFM Office

Pike's Peak Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

  9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

IAFF – FFFM Gift Shop

Foothills Ballroom, Hotel Eleganté

 

 

 

 

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