Hey all, I'm looking for some ideas on what your department uses as an honor guard uniform. Do you have a totally seperate uniform for honor guard purposes, or is it just a modified version of the departmental dress uni? Also, does your honor guard team have anything on their dress uniform identifying them as H.G. members when not presenting? We have an H.G. but are looking to revamp the uniform. Looking for fresh ideas.
Our unit started out with simple long sleeved white dress shirts, dark pants, white hats, and gold badge/brass. We also used shoulder chords and white gloves and ascots.
We later purchased Marine Corp style uniforms with a belted jacket and black pants. While the uniform looks sharp, it is expensive and is virtually impossible to adjust if the individual's weight changes. With such a custom fit, its difficult to re-issue the uniform when people leave the unit.
I just got approved to outfit the unit again with the long sleeved shirts/pants uniform so that we have a summer weight uniform as an alternative. You can get away with jazzing up a dress uniform with the ascots and gloves if you are on a tight budget.
Check out my page, I have a picture of our group in uniform. Basically we were thinking of the future when we did this uniform because there was and still is talk of forming a county honor guard. We are kind of the leaders on the honor guard for the county department. But as far as uniforms we only have our department patch that does not say honor guard on it so we can blend in with the chiefs of our department for a function that is more department related.
We are also creating an honor guard, and along with our presentation, we are aiming to differentiate our uniform. Does any one have any knowledge regarding shoulder cords? We have decided we want to add them, but we can't find out what they signify, or which color is appropriate.
Used to differentiate between Honor Guard and those members that have Class A uniforms that are not part of the guard.
Color is generally red but we have in the past used white for weddings and funerals. We have dropped the white and use only red now. I have seen some that use silver or gold for the honor or color guards.
It's really a decision for your unit to make. You get to set your own traditions and significance to the items that are part of your uniform as a new guard.
We have members on the department that have Class A's but are not part of the guard. Guard members have read stripes on the pants and wear the read shoulder cords as well as collar pins. Our Class A's are Navy pants & double breasted coat, white shirt, black tie and "stove pipe" hat (traditional FF/conductor style hat) We wear all dept issued badges and rank insignias but Rank is not carried to the Honor guard. I am an LT on the dept but hold no position of authority on the guard. The Guard has a Commander, Secretary/treasurer and Sgt at Arms.
Greg, Our Honor Guard has a completely seperate uniform to differentiate us from the rest of the dept. Our HG uniform consists of A Class "A"-single breasted ( one row of buttons ) jacket with a red ascot underneath and red cords on the left arm. We also purchased HG badges and above our dept patch on each shoulder we had custom HG rockers made. Mike.
Here is a picture of our uniform.(the one on the right) It costs a little more, but you can wear a tshirt under it, or a couple long sleeve shirts if its cold, and no one knows the difference. There are only 1 or 2 companies that make it and it takes about 6-8 weeks to arrive. let me know if you would like more info.
Honor Guard Commander
Milwaukee Fire Department
Being a member of my unit is an honor and a privilege. As such, we have our own uniform which is different from the rest of the department, and we wear it exclusively at any department function. Being the elite, we want to stand out from the rest of the department. It it meant to inspire other members in striving to meet our standards and become a part of the unit.
We opted for a uniform without the jacket because of the heat/humidity in Houston. The standard department dress is; Lt. Blue dress shirt (white for Chief's), navy pants, black shoes, silver badge/brass for FF, gold badge/brass for line officers.
My Honor Guard is Slate Grey shirt, black pants (bloused) and black jump boots with spit shine and taps. Our cover is a black military beret with flash. We utilize different color ascots and cords (red, white or blue) depending on event. Our patch is similar to the department patch except a silver background and Honor Guard instead of fire rescue.