About the Official Colorado Firefighter Calendar
The badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross. The symbol of protection and a badge of honor are over 100 years old. Although simple, it was a device of war. Warriors fought for the cross and were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When the warriors became saturated by the highly flammable liquid, many were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths. Thus the men became Fire Fighters and the first of a long line of courageous men. Their heroic efforts were awarded each hero a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one fire fighters wear today. For close to four centuries, the Knights of St. John lived in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta; the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is signifying that he works in courage - a ladder's rung away a Fire Fighter's badge of honor, from death.