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Institutional Flags – Police, Rescue and Fire Flags
Normally we see the American flag hanged outside government institutions such as the police department, fire department and the rescue team. And right beside our flag is another one that most of us do not necessarily show interest in, but to those who are working in the aforementioned institutions, that flag symbolizes their trust and loyalty on the beliefs of the organization and the underlying responsibilities that they must adhere to.
Amongst the mentioned institutions, the police flag is the most familiar because there are several police precincts in the area. Most of us may not know the full meaning of the police flags or what it embodies but we are very much aware that it symbolizes peace in our area. And we feel safer because we are assured that protection is just around the corner should we need it.
The fire flag is yet another sign that appeases our mind because we need not worry whenever there is an ongoing fire in the area. Regardless of how small or large the area being affected, fire fighters are willing to risk their lives to prevent the spread of fire as well as to save lives and reduce damage to properties.
Working hand in hand with the fire fighters is the rescue team that readily gives medical assistance to those who have been bruised, scratched, maimed and burned. Although some consider them as fire fighters as well because they are almost always present during fire emergencies, they are separate entities that will give assistance in any disaster. They even have rescue flags that define the institution’s purpose and the services.
Rescue, Police and Fire Flags in the Community
Amongst the number of flags in United States, the American flag is the most recognizable in the country since almost all citizens show their appreciation through displaying it on their respective houses and working areas. In close hand are the states flags that represent the 50 states of the country. Then far behind follows the rescue, police and fire flags or collectively known as the community service flags.
Why are these flags called the community service flags? It is primarily because the institution that each flag represent gives assistance to a particular emergency in the community. Take for instance the rescue department of the government, it normally provides medical assistance during disasters such as fire, tornado and earthquake. The police department on the other hand maintains peace and order in the community thereby appeasing the minds of the people around them. And the fire department which respond to all the necessary procedure in putting off the fire to prevent further damage, rescuing trapped individuals and even applying first aid to wounded people.
The more common community service flags include the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) flag, Star of Life flag and Fire Rescue flag that have an imprinted medical symbol; the Fire Department flag, Firemen flag and Fire Fighters flag that are normally in red fabric and has a ladder and water hose in its design; and the Police Mourning flag, Remembrance flag – Police, Police Mourning Fan flag and Police Mourning pull down that are normally in blue, black and white stripes.