Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s national award winning Honor Guard taught the first-ever “Honor Guard Introductory Course” at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) in Deason, Tennessee on September 6.
A total of 24 students from fire departments across the state of Tennessee participated in the course, which covered introductory information ranging from basic facing maneuvers to the “Manual of Arms.”
The course was offered in conjunction with TFACA’s 4th Annual “Tennessee Fallen Firefighters ‘Everyone Goes Home’ Training Weekend and Memorial Service.” It was taught by MFRD Honor Guard members Greg Burt, Chad Davis, Jeff Irvin, Thomas McAdoo, and Lance Sutton.
“The class was actually a collaboration between the fire school, the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains, and MFRD,” said Greg Burt. “Our first course was very successful and the hope for the future is to provide a longer course and perhaps more extensive courses moving forward.”
According to Burt, the intent is to keep the course in line with the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial because the students get to go straight from training to see the Honor Guard “in action,” honoring their fallen brothers and sisters.
“The idea behind this class is to expose smaller departments to basic training so that all departments can work cohesively when conducting collaborative drilling ceremonies,” said Burt.
Opportunity to see MFRD’s Honor Guard (RCSO 9/11 Solemn Ceremony)
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office will host a 9/11 Solemn Ceremony on Thursday, September 11 at 5:00 pm at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office located at 940 New Salem Highway.
The short ceremony will honor the emergency responders who died in the Twin Towers and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Honor Guards from Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, and Sheriff’s Office will pay tribute to the first responders for their ultimate sacrifice with a 21-gun salute and a bell-ringing ceremony.
Rolling Thunder and the Sheriff’s Office Explorers will conduct a flag ceremony.