Honor Guard and Pipes and Drum Corp
Salt Lake County Fire Department formally organized its Honor Guard on December 3rd, 2003 when Retired Firefighter and Engineer Grant Palmer passed away. Members of the fire department organized to perform funeral services for him and his family. From that time, as the department has grown, our honor guard has been utilized in many capacities. The primary focus of UFA’s Honor Guard is to serve members of UFA, Salt Lake County Fire Department and their families. Not only do members participate in local memorial services, they have served and continue to serve at many memorials and countless UFA specific and community events.
In 2009 the honor guard branched out and formed Unified Fire Authority’s Pipes and Drums. Pipes and Drums consist of a group of firefighters that specialize in traditional Scottish bag pipe music. The tradition of bagpipes played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States goes back over one hundred fifty years. When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to this country, they brought many of their traditions with them and those traditions continue to stand within the fire service. Also in 2009 we began sending members of the honor guard and pipes and drums to national events. Members have attended the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland as well as the IAFF Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These memorials are an opportunity for firefighters from across the nation and Canada to pay their respects to firefighters that have died while performing their duties within the fire service.
Unified Fire Authority Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums members have become a group of professionals that have set the standard for serving past and current members of the fire department as well as their community. Our members continue to instill a tremendous sense of pride and tradition into this organization and as UFA continues to grow and adapt to the individual needs of the community we serve, our honor guard will do the same.
Honor Guard Commander
Pipe & Drum Band Manager