Firefighter Funeral Etiquette

by Joseph Eliot
Firefighters observe a number of traditions in funerals for their fallen brethren

Firefighters observe a number of traditions in funerals for their fallen brethren

Firefighting, rich in history and tradition, extends its history to a firefighter's funeral, especially for a firefighter who dies in the line of duty. The National Volunteer Fire Council notes that while each company has its own traditions, the funeral for a firefighter is marked by a number of standard rituals.

Uniform

The funeral detail for both a formal and a semiformal funeral should be outfitted in Class A uniforms. Class A uniforms are composed of department-issue navy blue coats, dress shirts, slacks, belt, and tie. The only exception to this is for pallbearers and for members of the color guard. In all cases, firefighters should be sure to coordinate their outfits. In the event of a nonformal or a priv