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I feel like a tool posting this, but I' looking for the meaning behind these colors. I know black (like the black tops of CFD) is for those we lost but I don't remember what red and white or Gold means in the grand scheme. I belive Red was for honor but again I'm not 100% sure.

Can you help a brother.

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Would you refresh as to what kind of rigs, or load pictures?

Without up loading pictures, say a traditional Chicago, or NYFD engine/ladder truck, black on top, red body, white stripe, and gold lettering. I know these colors mean something, unfortunately I've forgotten.
I Dunno.......... I'm not sure either, but one thing is quite obvious - There are one heck of a lot of different color schemes out there. Here's one of my rigs......
Buy Rick Lasky's book..He'll explain everything you need to know.Is that a plug?
Chicago Fire Dept does not have blue lights, on is red the other is green.
Wow, I was only looking for the meaning of three TRADITIONAL colors red, black and gold. Black is for the Fallen Brothers, Red is for Honor, and I don't know what Gold is supposed to mean, like the gold in gold trim/letters on the side of the truck/engine/rescue/support vehicle. Thanks for the heads up on the Rick Lasky's book, I'll go find it. And Mike, you're right about the red and green, referring to port and starboard respectfully.

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