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    just seeing what other departments use as far as helmet colors for their departments

    my vollie department uses yellow for firefighters red for capts and lts white for cheifs and blue for emts and we used to be white for all officers

    and the paid on call department that i was on uses yellow for firefighters black for lts red for capts white for cheifs orange for saftey green for ems only
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    We run black for everyone but Chiefs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    We run black for everyone but Chiefs.
    interesting do yall use a different style sheild for officers/engineers/firefighters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapper937 View Post
    interesting do yall use a different style sheild for officers/engineers/firefighters?
    Firefighters have black shields. Officers have white shields. Cheifs have painted shields.

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    Combo Department

    Chiefs - White
    Captains - Red
    Senior Firefighters - Yellow w/ "Senior Firefighter" rocker
    Firefighters - Yellow w/ "Firefighter" rocker
    Probationary Firefighters - Yellow, no rocker
    Junior Firefighters - Blue
    Support - Gear optional. If issued, yellow w/ "Support" rocker

    Volunteer Department

    Chiefs - White
    Captains - Red
    LTs - Black
    Firefighters - Yellow
    Juniors - Blue

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    Paid Dept

    Chiefs- White
    Capt's & Lt's -Red
    Firefighters- Yellow
    Recruits- Black
    Explorers - Blue

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    Chiefs--White
    Catptain, Leiutenants--Red
    FF's--Yellow

    All traditional helmets w/ black shields with red panels and black lettering.

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    Chiefs: White
    Captain: Yellow (closer to white than red)
    Lieutenant: Red
    Firefighter: Black
    Juniors: Blue Salad Bowl
    Safety Captain: Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoaddoggAK View Post

    Juniors: Blue Salad Bowl
    interesting im noticeing most departments use helmet color to show who the explorers are when i was an explorer from 2001-2006 all we had to diffrentiate us from the actual firefighters was the old black gear from the mid-early 90s and a bright orange vest that said explorers
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Senior Firefighters - Yellow w/ "Senior Firefighter" rocker
    Firefighters - Yellow w/ "Firefighter" rocker
    Probationary Firefighters - Yellow, no rocker

    What seperates a Senior Firefighter from a regular Firefighter?

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    Volly Dept (all helments are 1044s except for Jrs)

    Chief (all types) White
    Captians and Lts. Red
    Firefighters Black
    Jrs Yellow
    Fire scenes: A well organized cluster F......
    These are my veiws and opinions.....Im just saying

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    Combination Department:

    Non-IDLH qualified - Red
    Firefighters - Yellow
    EMTs - Blue
    Chiefs - White

    At the Training Academy they use Orange for Instructors and Green for the Safety Officer.

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    Chiefs: White with white shield
    Safety Officer: White with green shield
    Captain: White with Red Shield
    LT: White with Blue Shield
    FF: Black
    Probie: Black with Orange Shield

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    Chiefs= white
    Capt= red w/white front plate
    Lt's = black w/white front plate
    FF's = black w/black front plate
    All traditional helmets all cairns 880's and 1044's

    probies = yellow modern

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    What seperates a Senior Firefighter from a regular Firefighter?
    Senior firefighter functions at roughly the rank of LT.

    They are assigned to a particulate apparatus and are responsible for checking it weekly, as well as the tools, and taking care of minor maintainence issues such as blown lights.

    On the fireground they are assigned as team/crew leaders, sector officers, safety/staging officers and function as IC in the absence of a chief officer or captain.

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    I always thought you could tell the seniors by the nomex walkers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Senior firefighter functions at roughly the rank of LT.

    They are assigned to a particulate apparatus and are responsible for checking it weekly, as well as the tools, and taking care of minor maintainence issues such as blown lights.

    On the fireground they are assigned as team/crew leaders, sector officers, safety/staging officers and function as IC in the absence of a chief officer or captain.
    Ah, i see. Is the promotion to Senior Firefighter automatic after a certain number of years? or do you test for the position like a typical officer slot? Do you not have Lt's in your department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    I always thought you could tell the seniors by the nomex walkers.
    I have one of those too.

    Don't forget they must have the NFPA required reflective trim as well to be fully compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    Ah, i see. Is the promotion to Senior Firefighter automatic after a certain number of years? or do you test for the position like a typical officer slot? Do you not have Lt's in your department?
    We do not have LTs in my combo department.

    The minimum requirements are an EMS certification, FFI, NIMS 100/200 and 2 years of service. Driver-Operator, FFII, as well as any other certification, will earn a pre-determined number of bonus points. The Senior Firefighter position for the rescue truck also requires specialized confined space and high angle training of at least 40 hours each and it's preferred that you are a member of the Specialized Rescue Team.

    When there is an opening, you apply, and the Chief officers make the final decision based on training, experience and availability.

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    Firefighters have black helmets with black fronts.
    Lt.'s have yellow helmets, or yellow fronts on black helmets.
    Capt.'s have red helmets, or red fronts on on black helmets.
    Chief's have white helmets.

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    Volunteer Department.

    Chiefs - White
    Safety Officers - Blue
    Sr. Capt & Capt - Red
    Lt's - Yellow
    Firefighters - Black
    Probies - Orange

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    Group of 13 volunteer departments...

    White = Chief / DC
    Red = Captain / Lieutenant
    Yellow = Firefighter, interior-qualified
    Black = Firefighter, non interior-qualified
    Orange = Junior / Probationary
    Blue = Safety Officer
    Green = RIT
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    All career.

    Chiefs are white.
    Everyone else is black.
    Helmet fronts/shields/badges are whatever you want. Doesn't make sense to have different colors for different ranks since we fight enough fire that they all turn black or indistinguishable soon anyway.

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    Fully volunteer department:

    Chiefs - White
    Captains + Lieutenants - Yellow
    Engineers - Red
    Firefighters - Black w/ black shield
    Juniors - Black w/ orange shield
    Explorers - Black w/ green shield


    Other volly company in town:

    Chiefs - White
    Capt + Lt's - Black w/ yellow shield
    Engineers - Black w/ red shield
    Firefighters - Black w/ black shield
    Juniors - Black w/ orange shield
    Explorers - Black w/ green shield

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    Chiefs - White
    Everybody Else - Black

    Most of the helmets are "metro" style with a reflective front, "firefighter" crescent, and our department number inside the crescent.

    Chiefs just recently upgraded to 1044's.
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