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Honor Guard

It is the mission of the Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard to honor Fire service members, both past and present, and the United States of America with the highest degree of professionalism, dedication, loyalty, and dignity possible.

Organization:

Honor Guard Coordinator:

  • Member of the HCFD designated by the Chief
  • Keeps Chief notified of any upcoming activities and ensures all guard members are kept abreast of meetings and details.  
  • Keeps a current list of Support Personnel and Guard Members with phone numbers and addresses.
  • Communicates with family members, funeral directors, and event coordinators in order to facilitate details and activities. 
  • Assist in acquirement of needed uniforms, supplies and other logistical items through budgeting and donations. 
  • Maintains and revises guidelines and operational procedures. 

Assistant Coordinator:

  • Member of the HCFD designated by the Chief
  • Responsible for recruitment and orientation of new members
  • Assist with in service training as well as helping member’s train for upcoming events.
  • Shall be responsible for surveying area prior to detail in order to arrange placement of personnel and apparatus.
  • Assist Coordinator with any and all assigned duties.

Shift Coordinator:

  • Is a volunteered position approved by the Honor Guard Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.
  • Responsible for notification of assigned Guard members to advise them of meetings, funerals, training classes, and special duties.
  • Shall be supplied with a current Guard contact list and keep an open line of communication with the HG Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.
  • Shall ensure all members have the proper uniforms.
  • Shall plan and present training to assigned personnel.
  • Assist HG Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.

History
The Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard was formed in 1997. Currently consists of twenty-one Guard Members and multiple support service members. The Guard is comprised of Henry County Firefighters and exists to honor the lives, the courage, and the sacrifice of America’s public safety and military professionals.

Requirements
All members of the HCFD Honor Guard must adhere to the following:

  • Must attend at least 35% of HG activities.  The HG Coordinator will review a member’s participation every six months.
  • If unable to attend an event the member shall notify his/her shift coordinator at least twelve hours prior to the scheduled event. 
  • Members will acknowledge that uniforms are property of the Henry County Fire Department and shall maintain a clean, neatly pressed, and properly fitted uniform.
  • All members are required to adhere to the Personal Appearance Standard #6.09 located in the Henry County Fire Department Policy Manual.
  • Failure to comply with these rules can result in the removal of the member from the Honor Guard.

Activity
The Henry County Honor Guard honors fallen public safety professionals and military veterans. Training and services provided are done on a voluntary basis by members of the Fire Department. The Honor Guard responds to many service requests for funerals, parades, and other various venues for flag presentations each year. The Henry County Honor Guard has also been selected three consecutive years to lead in the honors and flag presentation at the Georgia Public Safety Training Centers’ September 11th Memorial Ceremony. In addition the Honor Guard has attended The National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the last two years.

Membership:

Membership to the Honor Guard is open to any member of Henry County Fire Department.  In order to become a member of the Honor Guard, personnel shall submit a letter of interest to the HG Coordinator through the Fire Department Chain of Command. 

The HG Coordinator will keep a list of people wanting to join the Guard.  It should be understood that membership in the Guard is voluntary.  By joining the Guard the Member agrees to purchase basic uniform items through his/her regular uniform allotment. 

Three of the most important contributions to having a successful Honor Guard are:

  • Participation
  • Dedication
  • Dependability

Fire Service employees are encouraged to carefully consider each of these three items before making the commitment to being a member of the Honor Guard.  Commitment is defined as a pledge or promise.  Once the commitment is made the member must follow through.

Questions or comments?
Please email: Chief Ike McConnell or call (770) 288-6615.

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