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    Default Class A uniforms to non firefighter weddings...

    This was the question asked to me by one of my firefighters....and well....I was a little stumped. I gave him permission to wear it this time and told him I would ponder the idea for future weddings. Everything I've read says it can and should be allowed. It shows respect and pride. How do you all feel about this topic.

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    Most guys I know don't even wear Class As to firefighter weddings from their own job.

    To me, doing it at a non-FF wedding just screams "PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEE!!!!"

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    Sounds like you have a hardcore whacker on your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emt161 View Post
    Most guys I know don't even wear Class As to firefighter weddings from their own job.

    To me, doing it at a non-FF wedding just screams "PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEE!!!!"
    Yes. And I'm sure the bride won't mind at all if everyone pays more attention to the uniforn than her in her expensive dress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by emt161 View Post
    Most guys I know don't even wear Class As to firefighter weddings from their own job.

    To me, doing it at a non-FF wedding just screams "PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEE!!!!"
    Yup. He's either desperate for attention or compensating for a small wee-wee.
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    I agree with the others, it sounds like a "look at me" situation to wear it to a non-FD wedding. Doesn't make sense.
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    Did he indicate if he was asked to wear the uniform?.......if not, I sure as heck wouldn't wear one!

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    Chief bad precedence on this. No one wears a fire department uniform to a wedding, not even a groom. I have to be honest and say in all the years I've been doing this and seen members get married, I have never seen a member wear their uniform to a wedding.

    Maybe a clean pair of bib overalls and a clean white shirt maybe...

    I am supposing this member didn't have a suit to wear to this event?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Chief bad precedence on this. No one wears a fire department uniform to a wedding, not even a groom. I have to be honest and say in all the years I've been doing this and seen members get married, I have never seen a member wear their uniform to a wedding.
    Since I gather that the issue here is that wearing a Class A is only done with the Chief's permission in the original poster's department. If that's the case, I don't see any reason why the Chief shouldn't permit it despite the fact that it strikes me as damned odd to want to wear a Class A to a wedding. Granted, I've seen a few military uniforms at weddings but never a FD uniform.

    The only warning sign that comes to my mind is alcohol. What policies are in place about drinking in uniform or just about how a firefighter represents the department when in uniform?
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    Personally, I would wear a nice civilian suit.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    The only warning sign that comes to my mind is alcohol. What policies are in place about drinking in uniform or just about how a firefighter represents the department when in uniform?
    That is exactly what I was thinking! You're always representing your dept and profession, so if he knows he's going to get a little loose, better to not wear it.

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    i failed to mention in my original post that the member asked to wear the class A to the ceremony only, he stated he knew he would be drinking and had no intentions on wearing it to the reception (as our policy would prohibit). I have talked to him again and we read your posts....got a chuckle out of some of them. he stated that two of his cousins were wearing their class A's from the military (Marines and Army) and they had brought the idea up to him. his other cousin (the bride) thought it would make a cool picture after the wedding ceremony....herself and her 3 cousins that were all dressed up in class their class A's. After reading what other firefighters thought of the idea he has opted out of wearing it, stating the last thing he wants to do is take attention away from the bride and groom. i told him the decision was his and even after reading your comments i still approved.

    on a side note i have heard of many grooms wearing a class A to their own wedding....
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefrude1 View Post
    i failed to mention in my original post that the member asked to wear the class A to the ceremony only, he stated he knew he would be drinking and had no intentions on wearing it to the reception (as our policy would prohibit). I have talked to him again and we read your posts....got a chuckle out of some of them. he stated that two of his cousins were wearing their class A's from the military (Marines and Army) and they had brought the idea up to him. his other cousin (the bride) thought it would make a cool picture after the wedding ceremony....herself and her 3 cousins that were all dressed up in class their class A's. After reading what other firefighters thought of the idea he has opted out of wearing it, stating the last thing he wants to do is take attention away from the bride and groom. i told him the decision was his and even after reading your comments i still approved.
    on a side note i have heard of many grooms wearing a class A to their own wedding....
    Now You Tell Us!! Well, if the bride thinks it's good and would want a family photo of everyone in uniform I change my opinion. Actually, it could be a nice pic. But he has the right idea to change before the reception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    Now You Tell Us!! Well, if the bride thinks it's good and would want a family photo of everyone in uniform I change my opinion. Actually, it could be a nice pic. But he has the right idea to change before the reception.
    I was just informed of that detail today

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefrude1 View Post
    on a side note i have heard of many grooms wearing a class A to their own wedding....
    When I got re-married a few months ago, I wore my Class A. As did my best man (a state troooper), and both groomsmen (one is a county police officer and the other is a fire chief). Made for some pretty neat photos, and my wife was all about it.

    As you'd expect, the photographer said she'd never seen a wedding quite like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Chief bad precedence on this. No one wears a fire department uniform to a wedding, not even a groom. I have to be honest and say in all the years I've been doing this and seen members get married, I have never seen a member wear their uniform to a wedding.
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    As long as none of those cousins were marrying, then I'm okay with it.

    EDIT: Especially if they were first cousins...
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    Listen, as probably every man that has been married learned really quick....

    The only thing that matters is what the BRIDE TO BE WANTS.

    The wedding is for her and that is the way it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSFD9302 View Post
    The wedding is for her and that is the way it should be.
    The wedding is for the couple and the couple alone; not just for the bride.
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    Default Royal Blue Sleeve Stripes

    Anyone out there know of any FD that uses Royal Blue Stripes on the sleeve cuff of their Class A Uniform. According to some out there, supposed to be a standard for FF.

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    It might be a regional thing, but at my old (all career) department it was considered tradition to wear Class A's to a *firefighter* wedding. I remember some weddings where all the groomsmen as well as the groom were wearing Class A's. It looked pretty darned sharp. I also wore mine to my wedding. But, the kicker in my old department was that we had all bought our own Class A's, so the department and/or chief didn't have any authority over telling us where it could be worn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRK105 View Post
    Anyone out there know of any FD that uses Royal Blue Stripes on the sleeve cuff of their Class A Uniform. According to some out there, supposed to be a standard for FF.
    Why are you asking this all over this forum?

    Is this really such a BURNING question?? Who gives a flying ...?
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    I contacted the moderator for the forums looking for the correct forum to ask this question.
    There are some proposed changes to our Class A uniform policy by a new Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. They are both saying that Royal Blue stripes on the sleeve cuffs are a national standard for the FF Rank. They are currently wearing Black stripes. Was simply trying to find out if anyone is using Royal Blue. I have been around awhile and have never seen anyone wearing Royal Blue in my travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRK105 View Post
    Anyone out there know of any FD that uses Royal Blue Stripes on the sleeve cuff of their Class A Uniform. According to some out there, supposed to be a standard for FF.
    This has been addressed in other fourms!
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    Just so you've got an answer here, I don't think there's a national standard for Class A uniforms. All the depts in my area have plain sleeves until they become an officer.

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    Who would even set standards on uniforms?

    Good lord, we can't get anyone to set standards on hose threads, etc!
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