The long-standing duty of the fire service has been to save lives and property.
Our motto, commitment to community, not only describes the motivation behind
fulfilling that duty but our willingness to exceed what is expected of us.
It is the Maumelle Fire Department's goal to be of service to our citizens
in any way that we possibly can. We are truly committed to the community
Even without the identifying words "City of Maumelle" in the the center of
our logo, the symbol unofficially known as The Maumelle Rings clearly identifies
our city to most central Arkansas residents. The rings, whose exact meaning
are unknown, were the idea of Maumelle founding father Jess Odom. They are
as old as the city itself and have come to symbolize all things Maumelle,
including the official city seal (pictured at right).
The logo of the Maumelle Fire Department is like the symbol of many other
fire departments across the world in that it takes the shape of a Maltese
Cross. The Maltese Cross became a symbol of protection and a badge of honor
several centuries ago when used by a band of crusaders known as the Knights
of St. John. While fighting the Saracens for possession of the holy land,
the Knights of St. John encountered a weapon never before seen by European
warriors -- fire. As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they
were struck with glass bombs containing a highly flammable fluid. Once they
became saturated with the fluid, the Saracens hurled flaming torches at them.
Many knights were burned alive others risked their lives to save their
brothers-in-arms from death. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow
crusaders who awarded each a badge of honor -- a cross similar to the one
firemen wear today. Because the Knights of St. John lived for centuries on
the Mediterranean Sea island of Malta, the cross came to be known as the
The patch of the Maumelle Fire Department began appearing on the uniforms
of Maumelle Firefighters in June 2005. The patch is a duplication of our
logo, which highlights Maumelle's signature rings and the fire department's
motto -- "Commitment To Community."
Until Summer 2005, the uniform patch for Maumelle firefighters was that of
the former Department of Public Safety. The patch included symbols representing
law enforcement, firefighting & emergency medical services -- the three
areas of service the department provided.
This patch was apparently used by Maumelle's Public Safety Officers in the
1980s. It is uncertain what dates this patch was active but it is believed
to have replaced the patch below.
This patch is reported to be the original patch for the Department of Public
Safety in the early 1980s. Officers at the time referred to it as the "dying
chicken patch." It is provided here courtesy of