Guinness Record Obtained for Most Fire Department Patches

On November 29, 2011 Bob Brooks, Deputy Fire Marshal with Albany Fire Department received notification that he had successfully set the new Guinness World Record title for the “Largest Collection of Fireman’s Patches.“

On June 22, 2011 Bob made his attempt to receive this title. His 8,158 patches were on display and officially counted by Mayor Sharon Konopa, Albany Police Chief, Ed Boyd and Howard Baker Jr. The previous record was established by a firefighter in Madrid, Spain with 4, 513 patches.

Guinness stated in their letter to Bob, “The largest collection of official fireman’s patches consists of 8,158 and belongs to Bob Brooks (USA), who has been collecting the patches since 1985. The entire collection of patches was displayed at the Albany Fire Department, Albany, Oregon, USA on 22 June 2011”.

Bob is still collecting patches and has acquired approximately 400 more since the Guinness World Record attempt on June 22nd. His goal is to have a patch from every Fire Department in the United States.

For more information about this event or sending your department patch to be part of this world record contact Bob Brooks at 541-619-7551 or email

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