The Honour Guard represents the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) at many official events, including funerals, recruit graduations, retiree banquets and royal visits.
They also attend private and community-based functions and processionals and participate in Peacekeeper and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The Honour Guard travels when necessary to represent the CFD at other important occasions, such as line-of-duty death funeral and memorials for emergency responders across Canada and the United States.
There are sixteen regular members of the Honour Guard, all active-duty firefighters.
The Honour Guard uniform
The Honour Guard uniform consists of a formal navy blue tunic with red piping and a red vertical stripe on the pant leg. Nine red stars are displayed on the sleeve to represent the nine Calgary firefighters who died in the line of duty.
The Honour Guard also wears a white hat, gloves, belt and polished parade boots.
Led by a guard commander, the Honour Guard carries the official CFD flag and the Canadian flag, as well as a ceremonial pike pole and chrome axes.
The Honour Guard was formed in 1971, following the death of Lieut. Harold E. Smith. Smith, 50, was killed on May 26th while fighting a huge blaze at the McTavish Block at Ninth Ave. and Second St. E.
Their first official function was to attend the 1971 Chief's Convention held at the Palliser Hotel.
To inquire about the Honour Guard, please call The CFD's Public Information Officer through 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-2489 (from outside Calgary).