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    Default Proper Etiquette at a Funeral services

    Does anyone know the proper etiquette for a funeral service. Our department never seems to get it right. Some questions:


    1) Do you enter the Funeral hall w/your cover on or off?
    2) Do you line up in order of rank?
    3) At what point do you cover? (once inside)

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    1/3) Hats are removed upon entering the church/funeral hall and remain off until you step back outside. The only exception is the Honor Guard who may wear their hats at all times.

    2) Yes, it is usually by rank, but there may be circumstances where things would get rearranged - ie, allowing the deceased's company to fall in first.
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    Question Well.....................

    We tend to treat hats like umbrellas, Outside use only. We often have Uniformed members from a bunch of different Companies/departments at Funerals here, and rank kinda slides EXCEPT for the Company of the Deceased, where you generally line up by rank.
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    OK, I agree with you guys, hat off inside. When we pay our respects we normally make two lines on either side of the room. The we walk up two at a time (one from each side), say a short prayer, salute and fall out. I was under the impression that you salute with your hat on.

    How does your department do it?
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    Final Farewell to a Fallen Firefighter: A basic FD funeral protocol
    http://lib1.store.vip.sc5.yahoo.com/...alFarewell.pdf


    another
    http://206.25.214.107/SPSD_Main_Poli...s/gO3501FU.htm

    I didn't see anything about headgear, but I agree with the other posters. Hats off inside, unless you're on the Honor Guard/Color Guard, pallbearer, etc.
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    I had been trained to remove my "cover" once inside. However, it is not proper to salute if you are not wearing a hat. In my experience, when you approach the casket of the fallen brother/sister, you stop, say a short prayer, put on your hat, come to attention with a sharp salute and then slowly lower the salute, turn and depart, removing your hat once you return to your seat or point of assembly.
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    Im new to the funeral eticate also. I havent been to very many. I found my best resource to be my department mentore who I am also on the same pipe band as. So far I agree with whats been said and the links resq14 gave you are great.
    With any info. you get I would run by your next in the chain of comands to make sure its right for your department. I know some in departments in my area have there own way of doing things.
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    Originally posted by MetalMedic
    I had been trained to remove my "cover" once inside. However, it is not proper to salute if you are not wearing a hat. In my experience, when you approach the casket of the fallen brother/sister, you stop, say a short prayer, put on your hat, come to attention with a sharp salute and then slowly lower the salute, turn and depart, removing your hat once you return to your seat or point of assembly.
    Yes, this would be appropriate.
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    Thanks guys, i really appreciate it.

    MetalMedic I had been trained to remove my "cover" once inside. However, it is not proper to salute if you are not wearing a hat. In my experience, when you approach the casket of the fallen brother/sister, you stop, say a short prayer, put on your hat, come to attention with a sharp salute and then slowly lower the salute, turn and depart, removing your hat once you return to your seat or point of assembly.
    MetalMedic - that is exacly what I have been looking for.

    Thanks again.
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