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Odessa Fire Department History

Established in 1927

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Purpose and Duties of the Honor Guard

     

MISSION

It is the mission of the Odessa Fire Rescue Honor Guard to be ambassadors of our profession and represent the department as a highly disciplined team serving with honor at public relation events, ceremonial functions, and with respect and dignity at funeral services.

 
        

HONOR GUARD CREED

 

Hand-picked to serve as a member of the Odessa Fire Rescue Honor Guard, my standards of conduct and level of professionalism must be above reproach, for I represent all others in my service.

Others earned the right to wear the ceremonial uniform, one that is rich in tradition and history. I will honor their memory by wearing it properly and proudly.

Never will I allow my performance to be dictated by the type of ceremony, severity of the temperature, or size of the crowd. I will remain superbly conditioned to perfect all movements throughout every drill and ceremony. Honor will be my guide.

Obligated to my oath, I am constantly driven to excel by a deep devotion to duty and strong sense of dedication. I vow to stand crisp and motionless for whose honor I guard until they are laid to rest and begin to take the long sleep in which reveille is yet to come.

Representing every member, past and present, of Odessa Fire Rescue as well as fellow brothers and sisters from fire and EMS agencies from across the nation, I will never compromise my integrity and will always set the example for others to follow. I, am a member of the Odessa Fire Rescue Honor Guard.

 
    

POLICY

The Commander of the Guard and or his designee shall select those personnel who are to be utilized as members of the OFR Honor Guard. The staff selected shall represent Odessa Fire Rescue in a professional manner at all functions in which they participate.

Honor Guard members shall be neat, clean, well-groomed, and present a professional appearance. Dress and grooming standards for Honor Guard members shall be based upon:

 

  1. The projection of a dignified and professional image that will foster

        confidence and respect by the public in Odessa Fire Rescue; and,

     

  2. The achievement of discipline, order, self-respect, confidence,

         efficiency and morale among Department members.

     

It shall be the policy of the Honor Guard to:

(a)      Plan/coordinate and conduct all departmental funerals

(b)      Act as a clearinghouse for the department regarding ceremonial protocol matters.

(c)      Represent the department at the funeral of members of outside fire departments.

(d)      Coordinate the ceremonial functions at designated departmental Functions.

(e)        Perform other functions as deemed appropriate by the Fire Chief.