Mansfield Fire Rescue Honor Guard
With the encouragement of Engineer Steve Gutierrez, a group of six people started a formal Honor Guard in 2005. Chief Barry Bondurant handpicked a group of loyal firefighters that would go above and beyond the call of duty to represent the Mansfield Fire Department.
Prior to this, if a need arose for a formal ceremony a call would go out to those who had dress uniforms to assist in the event. Although the newly-formed Honor Guard was dedicated, the first year was not easy. Most of the members had little or no formal training in drill and ceremony.
Six men currently dedicate their time to practice marching drills and maneuvers that were taught initially by instructors of the National Fire and Public Safety Honor Guard Academy in a five-day academy conducted in Windsor Locks, CT. The Honor Guard meets once a week (2007 Honor Guard Training Dates), during which they train in marching and posting colors.
The Honor Guard will represent the Mansfield Fire Department at funerals, memorial services and any other function authorized/requested by the Chief of the department or his designee. Requests should be made through Fire Administration.
Our goal is to represent all members of the Fire Department in the highest degree of professionalism, dedication, loyalty, honor and dignity possible. We strive to honor firefighters in life, as well as death, and to exhibit the best possible image to the entire community. In addition to funerals and memorial services the honor guard may be called upon to post colors, march in parades, attend new station grand openings (ring in-service), social functions, other departments firefighters', fire victims funerals, assist families during a time of need and stand guard at funeral homes.
The Uniform consists of a black bell hat with a black braid and a gold "Honor Guard" hat badge. The shirt is white long-sleeve polyester with a gold "Honor Guard" badge. The shoulder cord is red colored and formal white nylon gloves are worn. The pants are black with red pin stripes, and are worn with a black leather belt and brass buckle. The uniform is complete with black parade shoes and undergarments consisting of a t-shirt and black socks. At Honor Guard activities, the badge is covered with a mourning band.
The Mansfield Fire Department Honor Guard is funded primarily through the City of Mansfield. The Mansfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary has also contributed greatly and funds have been used to purchase equipment such as our axes, flag harness's and the like. All honor guard members dedicate their time to attend all functions and meetings.
The Color Guard displays the flags of the United States, the State of Texas, the City of Mansfield, and the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial flag.
If you have any questions or would like to share ideas, please contact Levi Clements at 817-804-5754.