DC fire fighters are unhappy with a plan that would ban them from wearing anything that says District of Columbia Fire Department.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Service Chief Ken Ellerbe said he wants to make EMS more prominent in the banner. He is now requiring fire fighters to wear uniforms, t-shirts and hats that bear FEMS for Fire and Emergency Medical Services. In addition, FEMS would apply to the seal.
The decision is not sitting well with many fire fighters who pay for their uniforms and seals that appear on fire trucks.
The added expense is a headache for fire fighters on top of the fact that they have not received a raise in five years, said Edward C. Smith, president of Local 36 of the DC Fire Fighters Association to the Washington Post.
Public sentiment doesn't appear to be on the side of the fire chief with website users saying the department should shift its focus.