Colour Code Helmets

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Postby LFD_FF17 » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:33 pm

LAFDKid44 wrote:I just watched a dvd about 9-11 and i saw 2 colours of helmets in the FDNY:

All Cheifs were white
Everything else was black officers, firefighters and probies, they just had different colour patches on the front.
And I saw red helmets, the guys with red helmets also had red SCBA's does anyone know who these people are and why they have red helmets?


The guys with red helmets and red bottles are from the Fire Patrol in NYC, just saw an article about them and how they are closing over on



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Postby rescueone » Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:18 pm

Cheif- White
DC- White
Capt-Red with capt decal
Luet-Yellow with leu decal
FF and probys- yellow with fire fighter decal

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Postby Ruckus » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:28 pm

Chief - White
D. Chief - Red
Firefighter - Yellow

We don't have any other ranks, other than pecking order in the crews. With a total of 13 members, our normal turnout is about 8 or 9, which works out well (Chief = IC, each DC commands a three or four person unit, each unit generally has at least two experienced ff's).

Unfortunately, a neighboring fd uses red for FF's and yellow for DC's and CPT's, which can get confusing during training, as well as they're an automatic call when we have an MVA in our area (we aren't equiped with hydraulics).
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Postby rescuechris » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:31 pm

In the lovely de-merged city of Pointe-Claire, we at PCVRU have as follows:

White: Director, Asst. Director
Red: Capt & Lt
Yellow: Regular Member (can't call us firefighters since we aren't)

Probies wear Yellow helmets with red turn out gear (patch coats actually) which will change soon. All helmets have the department crest on the front and their badge number on the side. those who are first responders have a star of life on the back.

If anyone has ideas, we're looking into changing the helmets a bit... New shield, maybe with the persons # on it and for officers, have their number on the sides and their rank on the shield (since there are 2 positions that share the same color) and have their number put on the side since there wouldn't be enough room. Right now we are wearing Cairns 660's and there are a few Bullards hanging around but the problem is that we can't put a leather shield on the front, which is too bad cause they look good and there's more room.

Also, once the probies get a bunker like everyone else, what could we do to identify them??? We don't have the budget to get 5 black helmets so I'm guessing some semi-permanant sticker on the sides.... any thoughts?

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Postby Cuppa » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:55 pm

in Mississauga

District Chief and above, white helmet with white accountabilty placard with black lettering on the helmet (they also have light colour bunker gear, everyone below this rank has black bunker pant and tan coats)

Acting District Chief when acting, yellow helmet with white accountabilty placard with red lettering on the helmet

Captain yellow helmet with white accountabilty placard with black lettering on the helmet

Acting Captain when acting black helmet with white accountabilty placard with red lettering on the helmet

Firefighter black helmet with white accountabilty placard with black lettering on the helmet

No Lieutenants, Actings Captains are firefighters when not acting, Acting DC is Captain when not acting
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Postby Brian911FD » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:12 pm

in Cambridge ...

White = Chief, D/C's, Platoon Chiefs, Chief Training Officer, CFPO
Red = Captain
Yellow = FF, FP Inspector

Our firefighters that are actors as Captains get a red helmet for when they are acting. Likewise a Captain that acts as PC get's a white helmet.
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Postby ve2vfd » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:19 pm

Montreal FD:

Director: White with "Directeur" shield
Vice-director: White with "Directeur Adjoint" shield
Asst directors: White with "Asst directeur" shield
Division Chiefs: White with "Chef de Division" shield
Operations Chiefs: White with "Chef Opérations" shield
Captains: Red with "Capitaine" shield
Instructors: Blue with "Pompier Instructeur" or "Lieutenant Instructeur" shield
Lieutenants: Red with "Lieutenant" shield
Firefighters: Yellow with "Pompier" shield
Probie: Yellow with "Recrue" shield.

The shield is a sticker with your rank and station number on it.

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Postby donald58 » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:02 pm

captain&trianing officers-red
safty officer-blue
ff -yellow

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Postby yyz_arff » Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:54 am

white- paltton chief, deputy chief, chief
red- captain
yellow- FF



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Postby Keyatg33 » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:21 am

Chief/DC White
Captiain Red
Firefighters yellow black stripe
Probies yellow no stripe and everyone in yellow bunker
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