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    Does your department use helmet color for rank?
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    Department issued helmets for officers are white. Our members may purchase their own leather helmets if they wish, which may be white for officers. If they want a black leather and are an officer, they must have the appropriate-color frontpiece (white with black letters/numbers for engine officer or white with red letters/numbers for truck company.)
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    Yes. Everyone wears black helmets except for officers, who wear white.

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    I was wondering because the first VFD I joined didn't care. everyone wore whatever fit. The dept I am on now kinda does. I have never seen our chief in turnout gear so I don't know if he has a white helmet or not, but all probies are given yellow. I was issued my black helmet yesterday, and I asked why the different color they explained. I looked it up online and saw the colors had meanings. So since my first VFD didn't do this I was wondering if it was hit or miss thing with VFD's

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    its mostly department based, dept Im in now its black for all and white for chiefs. Other depts have been red for firefighters yellow for line officers, black for firefighters and red for line officers

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    At work, FF's are in yellow, officers in red, and chief's in white.

    At the VFD, everyone wears yellow except the chiefs, who are in white. We use different colored shields to indicate juniors, probies, firefighters, and officers.
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    One of my departments uses different color helmets for different ranks. Firefighters are black helmets, Lieutenants are yellow, Captain is and Chief's are white. However, this isn't a set in stone rule. I'm a lieutenant and still run with my black helmet.

    My second department is all black helmets aside from the chief's which are white. The line officers are determined by shield color.
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    3 different FDs.

    Black for firefighters, Yellow or an officer front for LT, Red or officer front for captain,white for chiefs.

    Black for firefighters and officers with appropriate front, white for chiefs.

    Black for firefighters, red for LTs and captains, white for chief.
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    Black and white.

    The safety officer and engineer foreman had red helmets, but one got stolen and the other is in the hands of it's former "owner." I understand he feels he deserves to keep it, even though he hasn't made a call in several years and no longer holds the title...
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    County standard is black or yellow helmets for FF's. Officers LT and above get white helmets. We use blue helmet fronts for LT, Red for Capt, White for Chiefs, Green for safety officer and Orange for probies.

    Chiefs also wear white turnout jackets.

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    One combo city dept. that I was a member of had:

    White: Fire Chief
    Red: Paid Staff and volunteer officers
    Yellow: Firefighters

    This worked well until there was mutual aid with the rural fire dept. that operated outside of city limits. The rural dept. had red helmets for all firefighters. At a mutual aid incident, the city firefighters had to look twice to see if the red hats were their officers or the firefighters from the rural fire dept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Black or Yellow (Personal Choice) for Firefighters, White for Officers. Chief Officers have White Coats, everyone else has PBI Brown or Tan or whatever color that is......
    We don't use coats to distinguish since all our stuff is donated 'cept for the interior guys. They get brand new gear. I was just issued newer stuff to replace my older gear.


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    My VFD Black for firefighters, Black for lieutenants, red for captains, and white for chiefs.

    A previous dept i was in was everyone wore black besides the chiefs who wore white. line officers weren't differentiated.

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    There's no standard as far as who gets what on a state or national level. In my department, juniors wear yellow because those are our older ones, and the juniors can't do anything hazardous anyway. Firefighters/recruits wear black, chief officers wear white.

    I've seen some places where colors denote company type or special training (like blue for paramedics). But there are no rules about it. Just whatever a department decides.

    If you are having to use old and hand-me-down gear, you would have a strong case for a FEMA grant to upgrade. PM me sometime if you want further information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    There's no standard as far as who gets what on a state or national level. In my department, juniors wear yellow because those are our older ones, and the juniors can't do anything hazardous anyway. Firefighters/recruits wear black, chief officers wear white.

    I've seen some places where colors denote company type or special training (like blue for paramedics). But there are no rules about it. Just whatever a department decides.

    If you are having to use old and hand-me-down gear, you would have a strong case for a FEMA grant to upgrade. PM me sometime if you want further information.
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    The color of helmets in our department is:

    Baby Blue: Junior
    Black: Fire Fighter
    Yellow: Lt
    Red: Captain
    White: Chief

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    Helmet colors for my dept are

    Yellow= cadet or probie(no certs)
    Black= FireFighters(cert's)
    Blue- Emt's
    Red= Lt's and Capt's
    White= Chief officers

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    Our VFD uses colors for training levels and officers...

    Black - Probie, no certification level
    Yellow - Firefighter, Completed basic firemanship and SCBA certified
    Red - Firefighter I Certified - also must have this color to be a nozzle man
    White - Chief Officers ( we have 1 Chief and 3 asst.)
    Blue - Saftey officers
    Orange - Cadets (junior firefighters)

    As an officer it is really nice to be able to tell if a guy is equiped to perform a certain task in the blink of an eye with no hesitation just by looking at his lid color!

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    My department's make-up:

    Yellow, 660-style "salad bowls" w/ orange "Probationary" rocker - Probationaries
    Yellow Bullard UST w/black leather fronts - Firefighters
    Red UST, black leather fronts - Captains
    Black UST, white leather fronts - Batt. Chiefs
    White UST w/white leather front - Training; EMS is a blue UST - Div. Chiefs
    White UST w/gold leather front, white gear - Dep. Chief
    White UST, gold leather front, white gear - Chief

    EMTs have reflective Star of Life stickers on their helmets. Anyone Capt and above is EMT, no need for the sticker.

    As pointed out by GVFD5, color-coding helmets allows an officer to "size up" their manpower real quickly at an incident.

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