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    Not sure if this is the right place for this question, sorry if it's not. This may sound stupid, but Our class A dress uniform has become known as our funeral suite. My question is, other than funerals and memorial services where do you wear your class A uniform? We have been trying to get away from the funeral suite thing and figure out how to do that. How many of you have a Fireman's ball or some kind of award ceremony and dance and are required to come in your class A? How does this go over in your department?
    How many of you wear your class A to other functions off duty, special church celebration or some other special event?
    Thanks for any replies and help, we are trying to get away from the "funeral suites!"


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    Not much more

    We do promotions and sometimes other special gatherings

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    Promotions.
    St. Patrick's day parade.
    Fire prevention week events.
    Other PR parades/events approved by departmental admin.

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    man I wish we had class a uniforms.

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    Depending on local custom in your area, and your official position and/or level of activity, you may have a lot of occasions when it is appropriate to wear a Dress Uniform. I wear mine probably about once a week, and a lot more when our State Legislature is in session, since I am the Legislative Committee Chairman for our State Fire Chief's Association. Any Time that I am attending a formal legislative meeting of any kind, I'm in Uniform. I also wear mine to things such as Award Ceremonies, Memorial Services/Funerals, When speaking at any Civic function, and Generally any time that a more dignified appearence is called for......
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    In general we don't wear the class A much either. Funerals are the main reason for most of us. There are a couple that go to functions with the county commissioners that require the class a. Others will wear them when goiong to another department's banquet. The majority of out members don't have a class a as we don't issue them to everybody.

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    Some additional events besides funerals I've been to are firefighters and police dinner events, (didn't want to say balls ), medal ceremonies, parades, rememberance day.
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    A Class "A" uniform should be reserved for special and formal events. Several examples have been listed in this thread already, such as funerals, promotions, and etc. Other appropriate times to wear it would be making a presentation to a group, such as a city or town council, soliciting funding from an organization (i.e. "adopt-a-station", etc.), and etc.

    I wouldn't necessarily try create an event for the sole purpose of wearing a Class "A" uniform as that diminishes the impact that the "formal" nature of the uniform makes. Said another way, when someone is attired in their Class "A" uniform, it makes an impact and people usually notice. You don't want dilute this impact.

    The Class "A" uniform should be reserved for "special" and formal occasions.
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    Thanks for the replies. we are not wanting to do things just to wear our class A uniforms. However, we already do award ceramonies and retirement banquets and promotions. We do not ask the folks to wear the class A. We are wanting to instil more pride and tradition into the ceramonies, but are worried no one would show up if we asked them to wear the class A uniform. I was just feeling things out to see how many folks do it now and how well recieved it is.
    I love wearing mine to functions, we just dont have that many to wear it to. My wife wants me to wear it to church on Easter, im not sure thats a good idea though.
    Thanks again for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spini1 View Post
    My wife wants me to wear it to church on Easter, im not sure thats a good idea though.
    I'd say that unless your department is sponsoring the Easter service, I'd recommend leaving the Class "A" uniform in the closet and wearing a regular ole' Easter Sunday outfit.
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    I wear it to Wal-Mart all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I wear it to Wal-Mart all the time.

    You would......... Something to do with the "Hero's Discount"??.......
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    Our chief apparently gets mad if you wear it to The White House in front of the President.

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    Hopefully, the ice under his feet is getting very thin......
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    You would......... Something to do with the "Hero's Discount"??.......
    Well, ever since they banned thongs, I ran out of "acceptable" clothing in my closet.
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    With that whole "thong" thing causing me great issues......

    What about a recycle thing for old Class A uniforms to get them to needy departments that need them for political, image, or funeral uses?

    Minus the thongs, underwear, etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spini1 View Post
    We do not ask the folks to wear the class A. We are wanting to instil more pride and tradition into the ceramonies, but are worried no one would show up if we asked them to wear the class A uniform.
    You rather answered your own question. Most people won't wear a suit unless it is required. As for functions, if a non-paramilitary organization would require a formal suit for attendance, the Class A should be required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Well, ever since they banned thongs, I ran out of "acceptable" clothing in my closet.

    I wear sheer yoga pants with a cucumber to see if I can make it on "Faces of WalMart"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Well, ever since they banned thongs, I ran out of "acceptable" clothing in my closet.

    This could be a major breakthru in Fire/Rescue apparel design....... Think you could come up with a Parade Dress Thong??.......
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