According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are an estimated 1,115,000 professional and volunteer firefighters operating in the U.S. as of 2018. Custom fire dept patches are a great way to bring your team together and to show your volunteer firefighters are affiliated with your department.

But before you invest in custom fire department patches, it’s a good idea to do some research to help you find the right patch creator for you. That said, here are four things to look for in a fire department patch designer.

  1. Backing options. When you’re choosing a fire department patch designer, you want to be sure that you’re choosing a designer with a variety of backing options available. Common backing options for embroidered patches include plastic, iron-on, adhesive, hooks, loops, pin backs, and magnetic backings. You can also choose to have no backing if that’s your department’s preference.
  2. Thread colors. Different thread colors are essential when you’re creating custom firefighter department patches. Make sure to when you’re researching different patch designers that you’re considering the thread colors and varieties the designer has available. If you want your department’s custom patches to be less than 100% embroidery, it might be a good idea to also consider different twill colors. You want to ensure the designer has the thread and twill available to closely match each color that you have in your department’s design.
  3. Happy customers. Possibly the most important factor to look for in a fire department patch designers is a good reputation. Be sure to check out a designer’s reviews for happy customers, quality materials, and well-designed products.
  4. Good communication. During the patch-making process, you’ll want to be sure that your patch designer stays in good communication with your fire department. Good communication ensures quality results with your final embroidered products. To get a feel for the communication style of your designer, pay attention to how efficiently they respond to emails or phone calls.

Looking for a high-quality fire department patch designer? The Emblem Authority has you covered whether you need official fire department patches, law enforcement patches, or lapel pins for volunteers. To learn more about our custom pins and patches, contact The Emblem Authority today.