Thanks for stopping by the Red House Shields page. I’m committed to building shields that firefighters across the U.S. will be able to wear proudly for many years to come. Please have a look around my galleries and let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to build a new front for you.
Red House Shields Owner/ Lead Craftsman
Bryan Purtle was hired as a firefighter on the Kansas City Fire Department in 2003. On January 13th of 2010, one of his city-issued shields was ‘well-done’ after a house fire, and a few leather-working firemen taught him some basics in leather-work. With his creative touch, influenced by the long fire tradition of leather helmets and fronts, it didn’t take long before firemen were asking him to make a shield for them, and Red House Shields was born.
Over the years, due to its high quality and uniqueness of style, Red House Shields has become something of a household name among firefighters, and has played a vital role in the ever-evolving landscape of custom helmet shield artistry. The blend of modern custom designs with 19th century fire department culture and tradition has established Red House as one of the most desirable helmet front sources for firefighters nation-wide.
In 2011, Bryan began to run the Red House as a full-time small business, and he has personally hand-crafted hundreds of shields that now find their home on the helmets of firefighters in every State of the U.S.A.