“To proudly serve the fire service and its members and to ensure that respect, dignity and compassion are available to those in need. To honour the fallen and to proudly represent the living.”
The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Honour Guard was formed in July 2006 when one of our own members passed away from occupational cancer. This forced our members to recognize the need to form a trained Honour Guard.
The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Honour Guard currently has strength of 18 career members. To compliment the honour guard, a ceremonial unit has been formed to provide an axe and colour party to events as needed. The ceremonial fire axe represents an armed escort to guard the colours.
Members are active in training to become proficient in military style drill. In addition, the honour guard strives to attend events that represent our mandate.
Over the past two years members of the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Honour Guard have attended many events in the Lower Mainland as well as far away as Colorado, Seattle, Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver Island. Some examples of the events attended are:
- Funerals for fallen firefighters and other emergency workers who have died in the Line of Duty.
- International Memorials for the fallen.
- Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
- Fundraiser and Charity events that support causes close to the fire service.
- Civic events.