The traditional insignia for fire officers:
1 bugle - Lieutenant
2 bugles - Captain
3, 4, or 5 crossed bugles for batt chief, asst chief, and chief
With 3 or more bugles they are always crossed in some type of X-pattern, but with two bugles I have seen them in both a crossed pattern as well as a parallel pettern.
Which, if either, is the "traditional" pattern of the Captains bugles?
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05-05-2001, 12:16 AM #1Captain MikeFirehouse.com Guest
Captains two bugles insignia - parallel or crossed?
05-05-2001, 01:50 PM #29C7Firehouse.com Guest
I've always understaood a Captain to have two parrallel silver bugles, with a District Chief or Batt Chief to have two crossed gold bugles.
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05-06-2001, 06:45 PM #3FREDFirehouse.com Guest
I think it depends on how many layers of bueracacy a dept has.
Our has Capts with two parallel bugles.
Batt Chief two-crossed
Asst Chief (or Division)Three-crossed
Deputy Chief four crossed
Chief of Dept. Five crossed
If we had a Lt. positon I imagine we would have it with one bugle.
Although I have seen a few with Batt's having three bugles.
Hope that helps.
05-07-2001, 12:11 AM #4DDFirehouse.com Guest
Two bugles parallel = company captain.
Two bugles crossed = training divison captain.
I suppose that this has many different designations in the service.
05-07-2001, 12:02 PM #5Bob SnyderFirehouse.com Guest
I believe that the "traditional" rank insignia progression goes like this:
1 standing bugle = lieutenant
2 standing bugles = captain
2 crossed bugles = battalion chief
3 crossed bugles = deputy chief
4 crossed bugles = assistant chief
5 crossed bugles = chief
I've seen and heard of all sorts of variations on this, however.
05-10-2001, 08:54 PM #6TriTownship600Firehouse.com Guest
I was told a crossed bugle two, three or more means that you are the highest rank "commander" of your company unit, or station etc.
05-28-2001, 05:06 AM #7CAPNJEFF1202Firehouse.com Guest
My bugles are parallel. In my area we don't use 2 crossed. Battalion/Assistant Chiefs are 3 crossed. Deputy Chief is 4 crossed.
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