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Public Works First Responder

Public Works First Responder logo

In November 2017, the American Public Works Association Board of Directors approved the adoption of a national "Public Works First Responder" symbol for use throughout North America to identify public works personnel and acknowledge their federally-mandated role as first responders.

To ensure this symbol has maximum exposure in as many settings as possible—such as on fleet vehicles, license plates, letterhead, hard hats, uniforms, public buildings, and offices—APWA is making it available to all public works agencies in multiple formats. We ask that agencies display the symbol wherever appropriate to raise awareness among all citizens, government officials, and other first responders about the critical role public works plays in emergency management efforts. Agencies can obtain free access to the logo below under the “Downloadables” heading, or they may purchase items with the symbol in the APWA Store.

APWA is very excited about this symbol and ask that you adopt it and encourage all public works agencies in your area to display it. At the bottom of the page, you will find APWA’s simple guidelines for use of this symbol, which are to be followed when using it on the web or in all print formats. If you have any questions concerning the use of this symbol, please email Jared Shilhanek.

  Check out this quick-reference flyer to learn why public works professionals should be recognized as first responders, and what you can do to raise awareness.

In the following video, Philip Mann, Public Works Director for the City of Gainesville, Florida, discusses the symbol and how public works professionals and emergency managers can work together to restore services after a disaster.

Logo Guidelines

Attempted use to gain access to areas or situations not designated for public works is discouraged.


2:1 (rectangular) or 1:1 (square) aspect ratio.


Black - #000000, Pantone 6 C
Orange - #e86724, Pantone 1585 C
White - #f3f0f0


Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold

Usage Examples

Do's and Don'ts for using Public Works First Responder logo