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  • Honor Guard
    Updated On: Mar 14, 2017

    Information And Contacts

    The Montana State Firemen's Association is proud to be the states firefighter Honor Guard - Requests can be made by contacting your local president or district VP or as always through the Montana State Firemen's Association executive officers or pension boards.

    A few MSFA members at a retirees service

    The MSFA Honor Guard serves both current and retired members in any way possible. Our mission is to represent all members of the Fire Service and other emergency responders i.e. law enforcement and EMS in the highest degree of professionalism, dedication, loyalty, honor and dignity possible. We particpate in local, state and national events as called upon in honoring fallen firefighters, their families, and department members past and present.

     In addition to funerals and memorial services the honor guard may be called upon to post colors, march in parades, along with a variety of other community events. Our Honor Guard is a group of dedicated and trained individuals who with the help of their fellow brothren and local departments and family drop whats at hand in order to attend and memorialize the fallen.  

    Equipment: The Honor Guard uses various types of equipment in the performance of its duties. Chromed axes and pike poles are used as ceremonial guard weapons. The Guard also cares for and utilizes the flags of our country, state and if supplied a department and/or IAFF Local flag during various events.

    If you have any questions please contact us and we will help you.

    Members or the MSFA Honor Guard include:

    Name:                               Department/local #

    UNDER CONST.

    Members of the Honor Guard during a 9/11 ceremony

    A Few honor guard members before the Shriners parade.

    The following protocol is to assist IAFF local affiliates in the event of a line-of-duty death of a member. The following information is solely provided for assistance purposes, each individual affiliate should evaluate its local conditions and utilize, amend or change these recommendations accordingly. IAFF LODD Funeral Protocol

    What are some of the Firefighter Funeral Service Rituals.

    Bell Ceremony: Fallen Firefighters Final Farewell

    The men and women of today's fire service are confronted with a more dangerous work environment than ever before.

    We are forced to continually change our strategies and tactics to accomplish our tasks.

    Our methods may change, but our goals remain the same as they were in the past, to save lives and to protect property, sometimes at a terrible cost.

    This is what we do, this is our chosen profession, and this is the tradition of the firefighter.

    The fire service of today is ever changing, but is steeped in traditions 200 years old.

     One such tradition is the sound of a bell.

     In the past, as fire fighters began their tour of duty, it was the bell that signaled the beginning of that day's shift.

     Throughout the day and night, each alarm was sounded by a bell, which summoned these brave souls to fight fires and to place their lives in jeopardy for the good of their fellow citizen. And when the fire was out and the alarm had come to an end, it was the bell that signaled to all the completion of that call.

     When a firefighter had died in the line of duty, paying the supreme sacrifice, it was the mournful toll of the bell that solemnly announced a comrades passing.

     We utilize these traditions as symbols, which reflect honor and respect on those who have given so much and who have served so well. To symbolize the devotion that these brave souls had for their duty, a special signal of three rings, three times each, represents the end of our comrades' duties and that they will be returning to quarters.

     And so, to those who have selflessly given their lives for the good of their fellow man, their tasks completed, their duties well done, to our comrades, their last alarm, they are going home.


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