CONCORD- Epping Firefighter Joan Marie Page attended the National Honor Guard Academy held October 21-26 at the Concord campus of the New Hampshire Fire Academy. She was joined by representatives of eight states and a federal agency who participated in the intensive training program. The National Honor Guard program is dedicated to developing and elevating the ceremonial knowledge and skill level of honor guard units while reinforcing a sense of pride and compassion by upholding honor guard traditions with precise attention to detail. The Honor Guard Academy specializes in providing honor guard training to firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel.

Those who attended the training program practiced basic drill and ceremonies, church and casket protocol, flag etiquette and role of the honor guard commander.

The program also included a complete mock funeral that featured planning and conducting events at a funeral home, church and cemetery.

Program attendees came from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio and Vermont. Members of the Department of Defense Logistics Command also participated in the training.

The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services through research and the application of the best methodologies, techniques, education and practice of fire and emergency medical services.

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