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    Default Oh what to wear?!

    Seeing as I found a part-time fire jr college that will get me my FF standards...IF i get hired, what is appropriate to wear around town that states that i support firefighting 100% w/o being a "whacker"?

    Are shirts like:"off duty brew crew" (the shirt to the right in red) ok?http://rescuetees.com/fire_apparel2.htm

    and shirts like:


    are these ok to wear around town w/ jeans. or am i still a "whacker"?


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    Default Ummm...

    Ummmm....Yeah....er...Just dont wear them in California.
    He got enough BS to deal with.

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    Default Huh?

    who's he?

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    Lightbulb Just my opinion....

    99.9% of those shirts are whacker....very, very whacker (I won't even get into what I think off the "off duty brew crew" shirt). But hey, it's a free country so wear them all you want if you like them.

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    Thumbs down Wack - I wack, he wacks, she wacks, they wack...

    I will admit that a great deal of the T-Shirts, Polo shirts and button downs I own have something to do with the IAFF, but the shirts pictured are straight wacker.
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    Default Re: Wack - I wack, he wacks, she wacks, they wack...

    Originally posted by Kobersteen
    I will admit that a great deal of the T-Shirts, Polo shirts and button downs I own have something to do with the IAFF, but the shirts pictured are straight wacker.
    IAFF Brother...Thats ok, you can wear those...Bou

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    Here is how it works in Central New York.

    If your a member of the IAFF, wearing IAFF clothing is perfectly fine and does not make you a whacker. Even if you have the sweatshirt, the polo shirt, the over your head wind breaker, the golf shorts, the three season jacket, the hat, the IAFF stickers on every car you own and on every car in your immediate familys, you are not a wacker, just a supporter.

    Now if your a vol on the other hand, anything firematic that you wear makes you a wacker.

    With that said, here is my opinion.

    Have some self esteem and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. I've been there, done that, and have the t-shirt. I wear what I want, when I want, and I don't worry about what a few select people are going to think.

    I will say this. The two shirts you show up top are whacker shirts in my mind. Other than company shirts I really don't like the whole front and rear generic t-shirts with sayings and mottos on them. But if you care what I think you have issues.

    I think people who wear sports clothing for a team they don't play for are wackers! You don't play for that team, your not that player so stop wearing his number like you are.........they are the wackers.

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    Default Ray shows class again ...

    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    T-Shirts
    That's a very nice letter, Ray.
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    The shirts that you use for examples would be fine around other firefighters.
    If you are on public display, then wear shirts with a fire organization or your fire department name on it.
    I have alot of shirts and most of them are of organizations that I have belonged to. I have other fire department shirts that were given to me on an honorary basis that I wear from time to time.
    I guess I even have some "wacker wear". My favorite is my "Waco Fire Department" T-shirt. Quite the novelty.
    The only shirts that I personally wouldn't buy are Big Johnson and Co-ed Naked. Not appropriate for a guy in his 50s.
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    Most guys I know don't wear generic FD shirts. Some wear big city shirts like E40FDNYL35 post, and many wear stuff from their own department. As long as you are not pretending to be something your not, it is generally OK.
    Myself I don't like the generic "we fight what you fear" or "dragon slayer" or whatever. But I have a few big city shirts that I wear. Some basic rules, I won't wear a Chicago shirt when I'm in the city, (it is just too close to home) I wouldn't wear a FDNY shirt in NY or anywhere close, again too close to the source. Never in bars or strip clubs.

    I know some people think the FDNY shirts are lame but my question is do you wear a Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, or Vinny Testaverde shirt. What is the difference?

    I guess the point is if you like it, wear it and don't worry about what others think. Just don't do anything to discrace the service.

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    Originally posted by ADSNWFLD

    I know some people think the FDNY shirts are lame but my question is do you wear a Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, or Vinny Testaverde shirt. What is the difference?

    I guess the point is if you like it, wear it and don't worry about what others think. Just don't do anything to discrace the service.
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    If the fire service has a "big league"; who would they be?
    Chicago? New York City? LA? Dallas? Phoenix? Seattle?
    See; I think some like to wear the shirts of the "big" departments just like the ones who wears the shirts of their favorite big league team.
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    One of my "vices" is trading shirts. That being said, I may wear anything from Squad 288 FDNY to East Ozark FD. Typically the shirts I wear are Dept or Company shirts. Save the "I fight what you fear" shirts for somewhere else.

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    Originally posted by hfd66truck
    Save the "I fight what you fear" shirts for somewhere else.
    ... like Gall's warehouse.
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    Default What if...

    I have buddies that sendme shirts once in awhile. Since it
    was a gift or a trade, think its ok to wear? I mainly wear
    these shirts in the gym so I dont muck up my good, regular
    t-shirts.

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    Pride is fine, but show some humility, thats over-the top whacker-wear.
    The sooner this rolls off the bottom, the better,......DOH!
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    I only wear company or department t-shirts mostly from right around my local area. I also own and wear FDNY shirts, not the generic but specific ones. I wear those out of respect, not to be a wannabe or to be lame. If someone thinks they are lame then they just don't get it.
    I have had non firefighters tell me that I am carrying it a bit too far by still wearing FDNY shirts and it's time to let it go.
    Once I get over the urge to throttle them, I just smile and say:

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    I wear department shirts thats really it, the onlt whacking, sry whacker shirt i have says, "Handle my Hose" and has a pic of a naked chick with a fire coat on holding a hose and wearing a helmet. thats like a fun beach shirt, but besides that i wear dept shirts. big or small doesnt matter.
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    Thats all good advice, i have a FDNY shirt i wear:


    thats all i have right now,simply out of respect(and i'm from hicksville, NY) so thanks brothers!

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