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.

Take Care,

Bryan Purtle

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.


31 thoughts on “A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER //

  1. -Just wanted to say –Killer Work, will be contacting for a couple for my brother and I
    SBFD and LA City. Along with showing site to guys at the house next tour.
    Stay Safe!

  2. Great looking product!.. The best I have seen.. Just sent my specs for my very own Black Knight. Thanks for the fast reply brother!


  3. YOur shields are AWESOME looking! Hopefully I’ll be working at Charlotte in a couple of years, I’ll have to get a shield when I get settled in. I’ll definitely be looking at getting one of yours. Keep up the good work!

  4. Bryan,
    Just got my shield (Steelers/Throwback) last night. It was a gift from my son. It is by far one of the most awesome presents I have ever gotten. Fantastic work my friend.


  5. What are the measurements on the blk knight sheilds like the one you have in the example sheilds ( 3 types of sheilds)? Looking for something different but not huge and take over the helmet BIG !!! Ski

    • They fit all standard helmets. They’re usually 6 to 6.25″ tall and anywhere from 4 to 5 inches wide depending on the style. I can do special requests too.



  6. Bryan,

    Hey brother, was trying to send you an email to get on the list but cannot find your email address. Can you reply or post it so I can send you what I want? Thanks man

  7. Brian, I am currently 107 on you list. I know I am a ways out but out of curiosity are you back to making shields?

    Scott Stubler

  8. Blown away! Such amazing work. I definitely want one. I’ll even come help sweep the floors or something if it helps speed things up for you!

  9. Hello Bryan,
    Just wondering if you are taking any orders right now. I received a new leather helmet for Christmas from my wife and I’m decking it out with only the best. I saw your shields and I definitely want one. Let me know and I’ll send you all the details.

  10. Hey Bryan,
    Are you accepting new orders? I just received a new leather helmet for Christmas from my wife and I would love to order one of your shields for it. Let me know and I’ll follow up with the details.

  11. Hey i am stunned at how great your shields look. I sent you a email in hopes that i can order one . Now that i know your shields are out there i have to have one.

  12. Can you build Shields for Phenix Helmets? I love your work! Awesome! Also, I live in California and I’m a HUGE SF Giants Fan. Could you build a team themed shield? Thank you.

  13. I would like to have a motorcycle seat with a shield look. Is that something you are interested in?

    • I’ve never done motorcycle seats, Brandon. Maybe that’s something I’d consider down the road, but as of right now, keeping up with shields is going to have to suffice. Thanks!

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