The Maltese Cross

The Maltese CrossThe Maltese Cross is known around the world as a symbol of the fire service. The Maltese Cross has its origins going back to the era of the Crusades and is named after the island of Malta which came to be the home of the Knights of St. John. To help identify friend from foe during the fighting, they needed a symbol that could identify them. Because of their ability to fight fires, and the pride and honor they took in the care of their sick and injured, the Maltese Cross evolved into a fitting symbol of the modern fire service. The cross has since come to represent the principles of:

  • Charity
  • Dexterity of Service
  • Gallantry
  • Generosity to Friend and Foe
  • Loyalty
  • Protection of the Weak