Our coat of arms and it's meaning...
2014 - Celebrating our 10th annual clinic.
2016 - Showing the silhouette of a horse drawn cassion carrying a flag draped casket.
Current as of 10 November 2017
Our logo and it's meaning...
Our coin front - This remains the same each year.
Our organization was founded in 2005 by members of the City of Milwaukee Fire Department Honor Guard and North Shore Fire Department Honor Guard with the specific mission of training and educating members of the fire service and other emergency service honor guards.
Over the last 13 years we have stayed true to the traditions that our clinic was founded on "Family, Honor, Respect and Compassion". In addition to these traditions we also remain deeply rooted in the traditions created by our brothers and sisters over the last 335 years.
Since our inception in 2005 our core curriculum has remained very much the same. However each year we continue to refine the skills we teach and on occasion add new skills based on operational experiences of our instructors who come from diverse departments from across the United States and Canada. Some of these instructors are Commanders or Deputy / Co-Commanders of their respective local honor guard units, state honor guard units and the IAFF Honor Guard.
Several of our instructors have been honored to take part in scheduled memorials across the United States including the IAFF Fallen Fighters Memorial and the Wisconsin Fallen Firefighters Memorial, with several holding leadership positions. In addition to taking part in these scheduled memorials, members of our instructor staff have been invited to assist in fully coordinating line of duty death funerals for our fallen brothers and sisters across the United States.
Since 2014 we have had the benefit of having brothers and sisters attend our clinic from outside the United States. These brothers and sisters have allowed our instructors to learn more about how other honor guard units from outside the United States operate.
It is our belief that because of the combined number of years of experience that our instructors have, with on-going training and real world honor guard operations, coupled with several social events in the evening during our clinic that allow for those attending our clinic to not only receive expert classroom and practical instruction but also socialize and network with other honor guard unit members from across the United States and Canada that we provide the most well rounded and complete honor guard training experience available.
Our clinic is a 3 day intensive clinic that is held in April of each year running from 0900-1700, Thursday thru Saturday. The final dates for the clinic are usually announced in Mid-September once the Major League Baseball (MLB) schedule for the following year is made public.
Below is a partial list of training topics both practical and classroom that are provided during our clinic.
Our challenge coin's...
2017 - Showing a memorial bell used to honor our fallen.
2015 - Showing the silhouette of an instructor paying their respect with a lowered head.
Family, Honor, Respect, Compassion
Family: The families of our fallen are the reason that we exist. It is our job as the Honor Guard to care for them and assist them through their time of need
Honor: It is the core value of any Honor Guard. Everything we do should be done honorably.
Respect: Respect for the family and what they are going through. Respect for our fellow brothers and sisters.
Compassion: We must have compassion as a member of the Honor Guard and have compassion for the families and the members of the department that have suffered a great loss.