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    Default Skid Lid Color Code?

    Is there a standard (NFPA or what have you) fire helmet color code system?

    Everybody knows the chief is supposed to wear white, but what is the standard for the other helmets of the crews?

    Yellow (my least prefered)?
    Black?
    Orange?
    Red?
    Blue?
    Other?

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    As far as I know it is up to the individual departments discretion to decide what colors indicate what. In my department firefighters where black helmets with a black shield for firefighters assigned to engine companies and red shields for the truck company. Chiefs wear white.

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    We have a county protocol for helmet colors. The reason is, when we respond on mutual aid calls each department can identify the rank of each firefighter and/or officer by the color of their helmet. All firefighters wear either yellow or black helmets. Sergeants, lieutenants, and captains wear red. All chiefs wear white.

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    Thumbs up Easy Question..............................

    From the busiest combination department in the U.S. - White for Officers, Black or Yellow for Firefighters. (Hopefully, yellow will be phased out.) If you need to tell Chiefs from other Officers, easy. Chiefs are in White coats, other Officers are in PBI Brown.
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    Here is the rought system I was thinking on...

    White: Big Cheese
    Red: Little Cheese's
    Orange: Safty Officer
    Blue: Medical Trained
    Black: Fire Fighter
    Yellow: Rooki Scum



    In all seriousness, does blue always designate a medic of some degree?
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    White- Chief/Asst Chief
    Red- Captain
    Yellow- Lt
    Black- Firefighter
    Black w/Green Front and Green "P"- Probie
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    White- Chief
    Red- Captian
    Yellow- Engineer/Lt.
    Black- Firefighter
    Blue/Green- Explorer


    Our Engineers are somewhat of a Lieutenant because if the Captian is off or out sick, they ride as officer and their badges have one bugle and they also get one bugle for their collar. EMS here has yellow helmets and blue turnouts as they are listed as their own service.
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    In all seriousness, does blue always designate a medic of some degree?
    Columbia, SC FD uses blue to signify Engineers. Their color systems is as follows

    Black: F/F
    Blue: Engineers
    Red: Captains
    White: Battalion Chief & Up


    My county uses this

    Yellow: Non officer
    White: Officer

    That said..we aren't strict about helmet color. A lot of our people have bought their own traditional, so we have a lot of people wearing black, and even some orange, blue, and red helmets floating around.

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    Default California...

    Common in CA, but not the standard.

    White- Chief
    Red- Captain
    Yellow- Engineer and Firefighter

    Black could be found in all ranks with different
    color reflective stickers. You might see a blue
    helmet for Paramedic
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    Down here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina we use...

    Chiefs - White
    Captains - Red
    Engineers - Black
    Senior Firefighters - Black
    Rookie Firefighters - Yellow for one year then to black

    We are all issued composite Bullard standards for gear, but alot of us have purchased our own New Yorkers, most of them being leather with some being plastic.

    Hell, I even bought some tactical tupperware and wear it occasionally. Really nice kit if you can get passed the look!

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    Hell, I even bought some tactical tupperware and wear it occasionally. Really nice kit if you can get passed the look!

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    Different colors mean different things everywhere.

    Back in the day for us, it used to be black for firefighters, red for engineers, white for officers. Chief's had a white coat, LT's and Capt's had black coats like the rest of us.

    Now:
    Firefighters - Black Helmet - Black Front Piece
    Engineers - Black Helmet - Red Front Piece
    Officers - LT and Capt - White Helmet - White Front Piece - Black Coat
    Chief Officers - White Helmet - White Front Piece - White Coat

    My personal opinion is that everyone should have the same gear. Chief officers should have white helmets with white front pieces, Capt's and LT's should have black helmets with white front pieces.

    In Baltimore a blue helmet signify's a LT, while all the other firefighters are wearing black (or yellow, not 100% sure)

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    Black=Engine
    Red/White Quadrants=Truck
    Black/White Quadrants=Rescue
    White=Chief (of any level)
    Blue=Arson Investigator

    Black Shield=firefighter
    White Shield=Officer
    Gold Shield=Chief
    Red Shield=Paramedic

    White Turnouts= THE CHIEF

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    Originally posted by SamsonFCDES

    In all seriousness, does blue always designate a medic of some degree?
    no, here blue lids are for explorer officers.

    here is our helmet colors:
    White: Cheifs
    Red: Captian & LT's
    Yellow: firefighters
    Orange: explorer sr. command
    Blue: explorer station officer
    Black: regular explorer
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    White = Chief's
    Red = Captains and Lieutenants
    Black = Firefighters, Engineers, Probies

    (Engineers have red background for lettering on the helmet front
    Firefighters have black background for lettering
    Probies have green background for lettering)

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    I do have to let everyone know.........

    Weruj1 is a dirty ba***rd..........


    He flubbed up his last post pretty bad, and I had him quoted, showing such flub, and while I was at lunch, he came to the computer I was logged onto, and deleted my post...........

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    still loves '77 ...........but I am guilty as charged ......also be careful as that could be implying a swear word .........or so I have been told ........
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    White - Officers
    Red - Paid Firefighters
    Yellow - Volunteers
    Orange - Recruits in training

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    We use same as ff7134 above with addition of blue for Safety Officer.

    White - Chief/ Asst. Chief
    Red Capt
    Yellow Lt
    Black FF
    Green P Probie
    Blue SO

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    White - Chiefs
    Red - captains and lt's
    black - firefighters
    green - safety officer

    We also have removable id's on front of our helmets with green for engines, red for ladders, blue for rescues.

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    Our department is quite simple:

    Any officer is white. Any firefighter is red.

    To tell the differece between a working officer (captain or lieutenant) and a chief, simply look for the clean helmet. It gets you a chief every time.

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    Here is how my FD does it.

    White - Chief, and Asst. Chiefs
    Yellow - Captains
    Red - Lieutenant
    Black - Firefighter
    Blue - Safety Officer

    There is no standardization in my county, or even my town. Many companies go with Black for Firefighters but beyond that it is anything goes.

    BTW, where is everyone getting the green helmets? We were thinking of using those for the juniors/explorers. I cant seem to find them anywhere.
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    Boy is everyone different! We just went thru the trouble of checking into the colors of helemt in our local to make things easier on mutual aid calls....here the color code that we found to be the most used in our area, but not a set standard.

    White with white front - Chief & Asst. Chief Officers

    Black or Yellow with white front - Captain & Lt's

    Black or Yellow with black front - Firefighters

    Black or Yellow with orange front - Probies

    Red with orange front - Explorers or JR. Firefighters

    Blue with white front - EMS
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    Sorry! Helmet is black with white shield and big green "P" for probie.

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