A “Placing of the Glove” service, in which department members remove their right gloves and place them on the casket, is less common. The fire service is rich with ceremony, custom, and tradition. They should fully understand the options presented but not be pressured into including a tradition simply because the department (or the chief) wants it, or “the public expects it.”. Firefighters in Class A uniform often wonder when to remove their hat during a funeral service. 0000002027 00000 n As she began her tour of duty, it was the bell that started the shift. 0000002704 00000 n to place their lives in As the final toll of the 3rd pull, the Command: “You may be seated”. At every firefighter's funeral you will see several or more fire rigs in attendance. Does the family want the deceased firefighter buried with full department honors? Cancelled, IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the old days, the telegrapher communicated the term “fell” with the 5 dashes and a pause. The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard is had come to an end, it was the bell that signaled to all the Funeral bunting, if used, should also remain on fire stations and union hall for 30 days. That tradition is known as, "The Ringing of the Bell." One of the most recognized firefighter funeral traditions are bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" or another religious song at the funeral. #3005. And hear the weakest shout, For example, the Family Liaison Officer discusses with the family the various options for a traditional funeral with full military-style honors, while the Funeral Officer makes the actual funeral arrangements, and the Cemetery Officer handles the arrangements for interment or inurnment. that these brave souls had for their duty, a special signal of See disclaimer. Firefighter funeral traditions show our deep gratitude and respect for the honorable contribution they make to society. The only exception to this is for pallbearers and for members of the color guard. He holds a master's degree in journalism, with a focus on cultural reporting. this is our chosen profession, this is the tradition of the fire When I am called to duty, God Wherever flames may rage Give me strength to save a life Whatever be its age. and quickly and efficiently The prayer is often said to be written by A.W. My family, one and all. Bless with your protecting hand Bryan, found this on a website for you. The International Association of Fire Fighters has an outline of funeral protocol for line-of-duty deaths, although its directions are nothing more than a suggestion. Wherever flames may rage Often, the department has protocol they wish to be followed when one of their own dies. Ethan Trex at Mental Floss writes sailors in that time would drop the flag down to make room for "the invisible flag of Death.". Class A uniforms are composed of department-issue navy blue coats, dress shirts, slacks, belt, and tie.