It was nearly a year ago when Newport Beach Fire Department engineers Peter Garcia and Jason Fernandez began planning how to celebrate the department's centennial anniversary.
The 100th birthday, which took place April 17, was something the two wanted to commemorate by showing their pride in working for the longtime Newport Beach institution. So they set to work designing a departmental badge commemorating the milestone.
"It's such a privilege to be working and be part of it," Garcia said. "Everyone here is pretty proud to work for this department. So when something like this comes around, everyone is excited to be a part of it."
The new badge incorporates red, white and blue on a silver-colored background. It's topped with an eagle, axes and a fire hydrant on either side.
To design the badge, Garcia and Fernandez looked to past badges from the department's long history for inspiration. They wanted to incorporate vintage elements in the new one.