Ceremonial axe (2016, FMC Collection, Ceremonial006)
Alongside the ceremonial sword, the axe is a representation of the past. During the early days of the fire department, the axe played a crucial role and was a key part of the firefighters’ armoury. Although technology has progressed, the piece remains an important piece of kit, and is a worldwide symbol of the job. Each axe head features the name of a fallen colleague. During official ceremonies, the Guard uses them for ceremonial effect, in the same manner that the Armed Forces use rifles during drills and marches.