The Arvada Fire Department Honor Guard (AFDHG) is made up of career, reserve, vested, and retired members of the Arvada Fire Protection District.
The AFDHG reformed in 2000, and has been very active within the department and the Metro area since. As a group or as members mixed with other departments our members have presented colors and rendered honors at many funerals, parades, ceremonies, conferences, and station openings. Over the past several years we have taken part in every Fire Fighter Line of Duty Death within the metro area. Our Honor Guard has presented the Colors at Colorado Avalanche and Rockies games as well as the Little League World Series held at the NAC in Arvada. The Arvada Fire Protection District approved a new department flag in 2009, this new design which was lead by two of our members will represent our department for years to come.
Our Honor Guard also serves as members of the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters (CPFF) Honor Guard and have presented the Colors at the Frozen Four hockey playoffs, at the Mammoth lacrosse games, and the Colorado State Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Lakewood; additionally we are ready to perform any duties needed across the state. Two of our members hold and operate positions within the CPFF Honor Guard.
We have had members travel to outside trainings and classes to be sure that we are representing our country, the fire service, and our community with the honor and respect that it deserves. It is our plan to continue this far into the future.
The AFDHG, with help from the CPFF, starting an annual Honor Guard Academy that will help bring new honor guard personnel up to a professional level. They will be trained to render proper honors for their department and community. The Arvada Fire Protection District hosted the first two years and continues to support the class with the Admin staff.
The AFDHG stays very active and continues to practice so anytime a request for our service comes in we are prepared to be professional and look our best to represent the Fire Service, Arvada Fire Protection District, our citizens, and our selves.