Beverly, MA headquarters on the 15-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (MA-TF1) will hold a public ceremony this Sunday, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, to dedicate a recently completed memorial that pays homage to first responders and others who died in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washingon, DC, and on board United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
MA-TF1 members will lead tours of the 9/11 monument. A formal ceremony will begin at 9:30 A.M. and include a moment of silence at 9:58 A.M. to mark the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). Fred P. LaFemina, former Chief of Rescue Operations for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and one of the first to respond to the WTC attacks, is the scheduled keynote speaker.
The National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System, authorized by FEMA in 1989, is a framework for structuring local emergency services personnel into integrated disaster response task forces. MA-TF1, armed with necessary tools, equipment, specialized skills and techniques, can be deployed at a state and/or local level for the rescue of victims of structural collapse. If there is a large scale national event, task forces are deployed by FEMA. MA-TF1 is one of 28 teams in the United States prepared and ready to respond when disaster strikes.
The idea for the 9/11 memorial at the MA-TF1 site began in 2009. The task force applied for a piece of history from Ground Zero as soon as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that they would accept requests for pieces of WTC steel. MA-TF1 received a steel section from the North Tower of the WTC that was impacted by the hi-jacked American Airlines Flight 11. Known as “impact steel”, the steel section measures approximately 21 feet long and seven feet wide, and weighs approximately 1500 pounds. The MA-TF1 memorial also features a dried flower that was placed into a bolt hole as a memorial in 2001. The flower has been preserved as part of the memorial.
Sunday's dedication will take place at 43 Airport Road in Beverly, MA and all are welcome to attend. Visit the MA-TF1 for more event details.