Firefighter Funeral Services

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Thursday, May 25, 2023

When a firefighter passes away, there are often special practices associated with their funeral services. This is especially true if they died in the line of duty. Below, we will discuss the different types of fire department honors for funeral services, and what you might expect. 

Type 1: Line-of Duty

Type 1 funeral services refer to an individual who suffered from a trauma during an active scene or an injury that causes a decline in health that results in death. This is the highest honor that a fallen fire personnel can receive. The honor is often accompanied by a formal funeral service, including Class A uniforms, a color guard, bagpipers, and more. Crossed ladders and other ceremonial decorations are often employed at the funeral home, church, or gravesite. Fire service vehicles may be employed in the funeral procession.

Type 2: Line of Duty

Type 2 funeral honors are reserved for on-duty personnel that suffers from trauma or injury on the job which results in a gradual decline of health leading to death. Formal funeral services and honor guards, as those described in Type 1, are often utilized during a Type 2 service. 

Type 3: Off-Duty Incident

Type 3 funeral services are granted to personnel involved in an off-duty incident that leads to either rapid or gradual deterioration of health. For these conditions, semi-formal services are employed. These include Class A uniforms, a color guard, and Class A uniforms. However, deployment of firetrucks a crossed ladders is not typical of Type 3 and beyond services. 

Type 4: Current or Past Member

Type 4 services are granted to a member or honorary member of the department who is active or retired. It may also be granted to volunteer personnel. Generally, Current members would receive semi-formal services, as described in Type 3. However, retirees receive non-formal services. Non-formal services will still include a color guard and Class A uniforms. 

Type 5: Affiliate of the Department

An affiliate’s service is for those who have served the department to some degree but were generally not active firefighters. This may include a Chief, dispatcher, or commissioner. Type 5 services usually receive non-formal fire department funeral services.

Type 6: Non-Fire Fighting Individual

Type 6 services extend to immediate family members, volunteers, or someone with other professional ties to a fire station. This is for secondary members of the station. Type 6 individuals are granted non-formal service benefits. 
For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Oversized Caskets FAQ

Caskets are generally designed to fit a wide assortment of body types. However, some people may require an oversized casket. An oversized casket is used if an individual’s height, weight, or width ...

Flying With Cremated Remains

Traveling with cremated remains, or cremains can have its challenges. Whether you are moving to a new state or country or bringing your loved one home with you, it is important to understand the pr...

Processing Grief Through Reading for Children

Grief can be hard at any age, but for children and young teens, expressing and processing grief can be especially challenging. It is a very complex emotion, and some children may not be able to ful...

Searching for the Right Grief Counselor

The passing of a loved one can be incredibly painful. The grief of loss often seems unbearable. After the death of someone close, some extra guidance can be helpful. Grief counselors assist those w...

Valentine's Day Without Your Significant Other

Holidays can often be a trigger for grief after the loss of a spouse or long-term partner. Memories of holidays together can pop up from store displays, themed commercials, and more. With Valentine...

Celebrating the Passing of a Long Life

After a long life lived, losing an elderly loved one can be devastating. Your whole life, they have been there for you, and now they are gone. But after a long life lived, it is also an opportunity...

Metal or Wood Caskets

Choosing a casket is an important part of the funeral process. Many families choose the casket after their loved one has passed, but some people choose their casket ahead of time. This article will...

Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Many people have misconceptions about therapy. There is often a lot of fear and stigma around therapy. However, it is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Your emotional and me...

New Years Resolutions for Older Individuals

With the new year comes a new time to set goals and resolutions. For many, resolutions can be hard to keep and are often passed up by February or March. Planning out realistic goals is an important...

Bank Accounts and The Death of a Loved One

When a death occurs in the family, there can be a lot of different things to juggle, including money. Bills, your mortgage, and all sorts of other important paperwork can be thrown into chaos other...