New Fire Department Emblem Signs create consistency among 17 Spokane Fire Department stations. These four and a half foot emblems create uniformity and unique “branding” for the fire stations.
This is a large project that has taken many months to come to fruition. With the different locations involved, as well as funding and approvals, it just takes time. But the biggest challenge, according to Signs for Success designer Julie Dean, was getting the color just right.
“Having to match the gold and the red was a really great feat to accomplish—not only to get the red right, but to make that gold look like the gold emblem,” Julie said. Their vehicle decals have real 22K gold in the vinyl. This makes it more challenging to find a perfect match.
Perfect Color and Placement
After a bit of testing, however, we found that printing onto vinyl using our solvent printer achieved the best color. “Printed high performance vinyl got the best color; it was perfect,” Julie said. “They took the sample around the station and were really happy with it.” An added bonus of printing to vinyl, rather than directly to the surface, is the ability to add bleed to the print. This in turn allows perfect edge to edge placement on the unique emblem shape.
Fire Department Emblem Sign Material
There are a lot of outdoor durable sign materials that could work for this project. After discussing the options, we decided on 3mm ACM (aluminum composite material). “ACM is two thin aluminum panels sandwiching a plastic core,” Julie explained. “Durability is extreme, but the expense is moderate” when compared to a thicker material or solid aluminum.
Each sign is mounted with black standoffs and decorative knobs on the face that are tamper-proof. “They are offset from the brick of the building just a little bit, and we were able to shape cut their shield, which gives extraordinary dimension,” Julie said.
At present, we have 9 Fire Department emblem signs installed, and over the next couple of months we will be doing the other 8 locations, one of them the training station. The remaining eight buildings will take a little longer because they’re not prototypical. Since each building is different, sign placement has to be evaluated and approved.
“I can’t tell you just how thankful we are that you helped us ‘brand’ the fire department,” Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said. “The finished products [are] amazing!”
Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project. Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house. Contact us for a free quote on Fire Department Emblem Signs today!