Obverse Design Badge is based on a center circle, with some decorations above and below the circle. The decorations above the circle are scroll-like in appearance and may represent horns. On top of these decorations is a perched eagle with spread wings. The eagle's head is down and facing to its right (our left). In the claws of the eagle is a narrow ribbon or banner. The circle has an inner circle with five crossed bugles. The bugle represents an old-fashioned megaphone and is a symbol of authority. Fire department officers at one time used these megaphones to direct fire fighters during a fire. The inner circle has a smooth edge and then there is an outer circle. The outer circle has incuse lettering of "CHIEF" curving above and "PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION" below. Small triangles or arrows point outward from the left and right sides of the circle. Below the outer circle is a design of two small crossed horns. In the center of this design is a small shield shape with an incuse "F.D.". The inner circle of the badge has a textured background, as does the narrow ribbon and the triangles. The eagle has sculptured feathers.
Reverse Design Vertical pin back.
Metal Probably brass. Size and Shape About 44 mm by 58 mm.
Dates Issued This badge type was used after September 30, 1979. On that date the Canal Zone Fire Department was transitioned to the Panama Canal Commission.
Issurer Panama Canal Commission.
Rarity Very Rare. Manufacturer Unknown. Source 'hp2xsg' Collection.
Varieties None known.

Fire Department vest badge.

Population Count Known specimens are as follows:
  1. 'hp2xsg' Specimen - private collection, pictured above.