Tampa firefighters museum memorial event



We invite you to join us in the start of an annual tradition for the city of tampaand Tampa Fire Rescue.

September 11th has become a date that symbolizes the bravery and dedication of our nation’s firefighters. This year, September 11th will also mark the Centennial celebration of Tampa Fire Station 1, home of the Tampa Firefighters Museum.

On September 11, 2011, the Tampa Firefighters Museum will rededicate historic Tampa Fire Station 1 as it begins its second century of service to the community by honoring the history and heritage of Tampa’s firefighters and providing fire safety education to Tampa’s families, friends, neighbors and visitors.  The day will feature a ceremony to honor the lives lost on September 11th, an honored flag dedication along with the selection of a mural chosen to capture the history of Tampa Fire Rescue.  Station 1 opened in 1911 with state of the art horse drawn fire equipment, living quarters for the crew, and the headquarters offices.

Over the years, Tampa Fire Rescue equipment evolved with technological advancements to meet the firefighting and rescue needs of the community.  The one element that has not changed has been the unwavering courage and commitment of generations of Tampa Fire Rescue members to saving lives and protecting property in the city of Tampa.

The significance of the date September 11th cannot be overstated. The attack on our nation will forever be remembered. It is with that commitment to service that we will honor memory of our fallen with a flag that has flown over ground zero, to be being raised over the museum.

Please join with us as we rededicate the Station to its new mission and as we honor the history and heritage of our Tampa Firefighters. Celebrate with us as we begin the second century of service. Walk among the artifacts, hear the stories, and share the memories. Learn how you can make your family safer from fire and other dangers.

Event Schedule

9/11 Memorial Event

6:00–6:05 -Zack Street closed between Jefferson & Pierce

9:15–9:40 TFR/TPD, Retired Military & Active Military Motorcycle Clubs muster @ 717 paved lot

9:30–9:45 General seating for ceremony Opens

  • Ground Zero Flag presented to Color Guard Detail Commander
  • Presentation of Colors by TFR/TPD Joint Color Guard
  • National Anthem (USAF flyover – TBD)
  • TFR/TPD Color Guard posts Colors
  • Detail Commander to stage to read text honoring fallen
  • Detail Commander strikes bell 4-4-4 (all units have returned home)
  • Firefighters of Tampa Bay Pipe & Drum Corps to play Amazing Grace

Note: South Tower (2WTC) began collapse @ 09:59:04 on 9/11/2001

10:05–10:10 Welcome Address – Captain Matthew Rametta – President, Tampa Firefighters Museum Inc.

  • Brief explanation of TFFM Mission/Vision
  • Thank Fire Chief for support
  • Thank City of Tampa (Robin Nigh) for support
  • Thank Mayor Buckhorn & City of Tampa
  • Introduce of Master of Ceremonies – 9/11 Memorial Title Sponsor (TBD)

10:15–10:20 Robin Nigh – Manager, City of Tampa Art Programs

10:22–10:30 Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Note: Mural will be unveiled at our 2012 9/11 memorial event

10:30–10:35 9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ends

10:30–10:45 Tampa Firefighters Museum Centennial Events begin

10:45–10:50 Casey Stidham performance begins

11:15–12:45 Lunch available

12:55–1:00 Casey Stidham performance ends

1:00–1:05 Captain Matthew Rametta – Closes the Weekends’ Events

2:00 -Zack Street re-opens between Jefferson & Pierce

Ceremonial Dedications



We invite you to use your imagination  and talent to help us create the visual and very public essence of Tampa Fire Rescue.

Although the unveiling will take place on the anniversary of 9/11/01, when so many of our brothers and sisters made the ultimate sacrifice, your focus should be local and historical.

In other words, we encourage you to turn to fire history in general and Tampa’s fire history in particular to spark your imagination.  You will find information throughout the internet, but we suggest you begin with our own website and the associated links.  It is also possible to visit fire stations and visit with today’s firefighters.

Deadline for entries: August 20, 2011Winners Announced at the Tampa Firefighters Centennial Celebration (Sunday September 11, 2011)

Entries to include:

8.5” x 11” Mural Artwork Design
Contact Information:
Name, Address, Phone, Email, Date of Birth

Top 10 Entries will be displayed 9/11/2011 at the Tampa Firefighters Centennial Celebration

Entries can be submitted to [email protected]

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