The hook and ladder and the Florian cross are symbols that have become synonymous with fire and rescue units around the world. For many, those images mean safety, a visual sign that the worst of the danger is behind them. When the men and women from your firehouse show up on the scene of an accident or a fire, what do you want their custom
All patches tell a story to anyone paying attention. Firefighter and EMS patches in particular tell a story of safety. When someone shows up to the scene with the Florian cross on their shoulder or chest, it’s a clear sign that a bad situation is about to get better. Create the firefighter patches for your team in a manner that ensures they can convey style and safety at the same time by partnering with the best custom patch company online!
There are all kinds of ways to make a meaningful and memorable fire department patch design. One of the most popular design cues is the thin red line, which is visible in the word "Fire" towards the top of this design.
Camp Lemonnier Fire and Emergency Services
This is one of the more complex firefighter patches we have ever designed. There are hundreds of small details embroidered throughout the entire patch, and the custom shape is unlike any other firefighter patch we've ever designed.
These patches were custom made for people working at the University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. Using school colors is a great way to make a design more memorable and meaningful to the people working on campus.
The badge shape of this firefighter patch makes is perfect for securing to a shoulder or sleeve. The detail of the horse-drawn carriage at the center of the design is quite impressive for an embroidered patch.
Emergency response teams usually order custom patches with crisp and clear designs that are easily recognizable. This ensures there is no confusion as to the responsibilities and capabilities of anyone wearing one of the patches on their uniform.
Tallahassee Fire Rescue
The hot rod style firetruck is something you don't see every day when it comes to firefighter patches. Every team has a different personality and sense of character. A lot of the times, you can see that reflected in their custom patches.
Cities and towns aren't the only places you'll find a fire department. Military bases and large government facilities will sometimes have their own teams of firefighters. These fire department patches were created for the team at Patrick AFB right in our own backyard in Cocoa, Florida.
Emergency responders need to be prepared for more than just medical emergencies. There are also fires, chemical disasters and all kinds of other dangerous situations. The emblems at the center of this design honor the responsibilities of the Global Emergency Preparedness Division at AIG.
Commemorative patches are designed to honor the hard work of a team and celebrate their achievements. This EMS patch was created for the people who responded to hurricane Mathew.
The Latin phrase embroidered along the bottom of the flower, "volens et polens", translates to "willing and able". Including Latin in your own patch design is a great way to add a personal touch to the artwork.
This patch was created for a team of firefighters that took part in Operation Enduring Freedom back in 2012. Most people don't realize that firefighters are just as necessary in the military as they are in the civilian world.
The bright white and red thread used to create this EMS patch make the design visible even from a distance. Uniform patches need to be legible, so people know how to differentiate members of separate teams and know their capabilities at a glance.
When it comes to EMS patches, one of the most common design elements we see is the Caduceus. It's a familiar symbol for anyone working as a first responder and a comforting image to those in need.
It takes a different kind of team to operate a helicopter ambulance. The men and women that responders will be helping are often in the most critical situations. The patches secured to their uniforms are a source of pride and a testament to their abilities.
Ephrata Fire Department
Firefighter uniform patches like this one are often designed with a Florian cross at the center and the district or city name underneath.
East Coast Ambulance & Wheelchair Service is a private transportation company. Their mission is to provide the best customer care for patients being discharged from the hospital, going to visit the doctor and even going to social events. For immediate emergencies, traditional ambulances are still your best option.
It stands to reason that the largest cities have the largest fire departments. That’s whether you’re judging by the number of different firehouses in any given department or by the number for individual firefighters. But all fire departments have their own unique personality. It’s that distinct personality that should be captured in a set of custom fire department patches.
While fireman patches don’t, strictly speaking, follow as many set regulations as military patches, there are a number of similarities among the majority of the custom patches we sell to firehouses.
For starters, while your firefighter patches can be any shape you want, the most common shapes requested are either shields (much like our law enforcement patches) or Florian crosses. On the one hand, this means we’ve had a lot of practice getting those shapes just right, and on the other hand, it means that any patches making use of a different shape immediately stand out. Firefighter patch designs in the shape of fire engines or dancing flames are great options to convey your department’s mission and unique personality.
Another thing the majority of our fire department patches have in common is patch type. Custom embroidered patches are the most common option chosen for these kinds of patches. Embroidered firefighter patches have a classic look and feel, and a style that can’t be denied. With options for up to 75% thread coverage or up to 100% thread coverage, these patches are great for any design you might have in mind.
For photorealistic artwork, our custom PVC patches are a close second in popularity. Due to their waterproof and weather-resistant features, these patches lend themselves well to the types of conditions first responders are likely to see often. PVC patches are also the patch type most suited to 3D designs, so if you have a patch design in mind that makes use of multiple layers, be sure to ask our sales team about the PVC patch option. These patches are also a common selection for HAZMAT patches.
We also offer woven patches and heat transfer patches for the fire department looking for something completely different. Both of these patch types are flat and smooth to the touch, but they both also offer an unmatched level of detail. The heat transfer patches in particular result in picture-perfect quality due to the dye sublimation process used to create them. Whether you’re looking for something classic and traditional, or something more modern and photo-realistic, we’ve got you covered.
Attaching Your Firefighter Patch
Once you’ve decided on a design for your fireman patches, the next step is deciding how you’d like them attached to your teams’ uniforms and bunker gear. We offer a number of different attachment options for our patches. Patches with PVC backing or no backing at all need to be sewn into place. While these are popular options for uniform patches, they aren’t the only choices available.
Iron on firefighter patches are a great option for uniforms. They don’t require any special equipment or skill to attach into place; anyone is capable of attaching their patch with nothing more than the supplies they have at home. These patches, however, are not as advisable for bunker gear or anything likely to be worn into an active fire. The adhesive on the patches is heat activated, and while they can stand up to the temperatures of most commercial dryers, being exposed to the heat of a raging five-alarm fire could cause these patches to lose their usual adhesion.
If your team’s bunker gear comes with the soft female loop fabric, our fire department hook and loop patches might be the best way to go. Even if these attachments aren’t automatically included on your bunker gear, sewing them into place is quick and easy when you follow our patch attachment instructions. Whether creating patches for the men and women in your firehouse or for sale to the public in a fundraising venture, our printable instructions are an excellent resource.
Ordering IAFF Patches From the Best Patch Maker Online
When you partner with Signature Patches for your fire department patches, you get the benefit of our years of experience and some of the best customer service in the industry. All of our patches orders are accompanied by a 100% quality guarantee. This means that if you or anyone else in your firehouse notices any production errors in your set of patches, we will replace those patches free of change.
Between our quality guarantee and our industry-leading 14 day turnaround time, it’s easy to see why Signature Patches is the best place to find custom embroidered patches. But we also do so much more than just embroidered patches. To find the best type of patch for your needs, and receive the best possible designs and craftsmanship, contact us today and see what Signature Patches can do for you.