Issue 7 and Volume 93.

Correspondence Use of the Maltese Cross To the Editor: In recent issues of FIRE ENGINEERING there have been some most interesting “Fire Facts” about the maltese cross as used for Fire Department insignia. I have been searching available records to find the first use of the maltese cross in the fire service and believe that this use originated with the 1865 Rules and Regulations of the Metropolitan Fire Department of New York City. The cap device for firemen was prescribed to be “a white metal maltese cross with the emblem of the department in the center and the letters M.F.D. and number of the wearer on the points.” This was not, however, maltese cross, and neither was it the design of cross now used by the New York Department. It more nearly resembled the Greek cross as used in New England departments. The present design of badge and cap device…

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