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BCFD Hosting Inaugural Fallen Heroes 9/11 Memorial

Bernalillo County Fire Rescue will be conducting an inaugural Fallen Firefighters 9/11 Memorial to commemorate the tragic events that took place on September 11th, 2001.

BCFD will erect a temporary memorial by arraying 69 sets of firefighter bunker gear, surrounding their Honor Guard’s Memorial Bell. Each set off gear will have a card listing five names, representing and paying tribute to the 343 Firefighters who lost their lives that fateful day.   This presentation will take place on September 11th, 2020 at BCFD’s Fire Headquarters, located at 6840 2nd Street, starting at 6:46 a.m. and promptly ending at 12:28 p.m.. Events throughout the day will include: 

BCFD Honor Guard’s Opening Presentation, timed to coordinate with each major event of September 11, 2001  

  • Ringing of the Four-Fives at the top of each hour, starting promptly after the opening presentation.

  • Guard Members standing watch over the memorial for a total of 343 minutes- one minute for each fallen firefighter.

  • The staging of BCFD’s Tower Truck 36 at the memorial site. Where it will be ordered to extend its impressive boom and fly the flag of our nation.

  • A Facebook Live-Stream for the duration of the event: showcasing the endurance and dedication of their Honor Guard members as they stand in remembrance off the fallen.

  •  A dedicated drive-thru viewing lane where the public is encouraged to participate in a variety of ways: having a brief conversation with the BCFD Chaplin, offering an item to be part of the memorial, or taking pictures of the Guard and gear. 

Bernalillo County Fire Rescue understands that we are living in unprecedented times. In order to keep in line with current social distancing practices and to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

BCFD’s Chief Perez feels that he can proudly serve the public by offering a unique and safe approach to how this meaningful day is commemorated.


Contact: Firefighter Janessa Ruiz  BCFD Public Information Officer  Cell: (505) 270-5459 Email:                                                                                                            


###  Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue was established on Sept. 15, 1958, and has grown from a single station department to a fully-paid, 12-district organization that staffs five to six paid personnel per station, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The stations are covered by firefighters who are all trained to provide medical care, 24/7, 365 days a year. The shifts consist of 48 hours on and 96 hours off. There are a total of 254 sworn positions. The positions range from firefighter up to fire chief in rank. BCFD also has 9 civilian administrative positions. There are three distinct coverage zones referred to as “regions” within the jurisdiction of BCFD. The Fire Department is organized into three battalions covering the three regions of the county. Each battalion consists of four fire stations located throughout the jurisdiction to provide emergency services. 

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