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    Default Duty Shirt

    Its a new year and new budget, time to order some new duty shirts, was curious if anyone here had any designs they would like to share??

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    Default duty shirts

    haha. yeah, don't choose any that are similiar in color and design to your local police dept. Can't tell you how many times we're mistaken for police officers or patients that are not happy because they think we're police officers...

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    Sweat Shirts for Winter, T- Shirts for Summer. The days of the button up style shirt with Badge and Name Bar are almost gone. When we play we're in gear which covers those shirts anyway.

    I can see Inspectors, Chiefs, and Marshals in a uniform like that but not the grunts

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    Cool Uniforms who needs stinken uniforms.

    Haha. Salman1 use that to your advantage and head down to the donut Shop . If you could get the nomex clothing with quick buttons there nice. Im not sure if you were a badge on the shirt.. As for the sweat shirt and T shirt thats a pretty good way to go but not too professional. Do you really have a say in your choice of clothing if so dont abuse it and get something that will be comfortable. if you go the nomex way which is expensive dont be surprised if they make you wear it even to a 4am alarm..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAFA62 View Post
    Haha. Salman1 use that to your advantage and head down to the donut Shop . If you could get the nomex clothing with quick buttons there nice. Im not sure if you were a badge on the shirt.. As for the sweat shirt and T shirt thats a pretty good way to go but not too professional. Do you really have a say in your choice of clothing if so dont abuse it and get something that will be comfortable. if you go the nomex way which is expensive dont be surprised if they make you wear it even to a 4am alarm..
    Do you really think the guy we cut out of his car with bilateral femur fractures really cared that we had t-shirts on under our PPE? I don't agree with much of what Bruno puts out, but I do agree with the idea that Mrs. Smith does not care what you show up wearing on the BRT, but that you take care of her emergency in a professional manner.

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    Although my full time job is in industry and not municipal, I have some thoughts on the subject. In my paid job we wear a button-up shirt which is a cotton blend, not cheesy polyester (Blauer "Street Gear" is the brand). It's pretty comfortable and looks very professional. We do not use the metal badges and name tags, etc., your name is embroidered and everything else is a sewn-on patch.

    We had discussed a polo shirt with embroidered name and department logo, but our boss thought it looked a little too casual. I still think that would have been a decent looking alternative. A paid department near here uses polo shirts for their main duty shirt and I think it looks fine...as comfortable as a T-shirt but a step above in appearance.

    We do have department T-shirts which most of us wear under the uniform shirt. You are allowed during emergencies and while performing "grunt" work (servicing fire extinguishers, pumping the trucks, training, etc.) to shuck the uniform shirt and work in the T-shirt, but when those duties are done the uniform is expected to be put back on.

    Seems like I've seen some pics of FDNY with a similar setup....work shirt with embroidered or sewn-on insignia, no brass, pins, etc.

    In my opinion (paid guys, don't crucify me) I think a a T-shirt does not present as professional an image. I know when you're doing extrication or fighting fire, no one cares what you're wearing under your bunkers, but if you're doing other activities like inspections, public safety presentations, or having visitors in your station, the more traditional uniform shirt looks much more professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    In my opinion (paid guys, don't crucify me) I think a a T-shirt does not present as professional an image. I know when you're doing extrication or fighting fire, no one cares what you're wearing under your bunkers, but if you're doing other activities like inspections, public safety presentations, or having visitors in your station, the more traditional uniform shirt looks much more professional.
    I completly agree, at my paid dept your are to be in your button down shirt with badge a collar pins by 9:00am mon-fri, and during all classes, and when you are out doing inspections and such, unless you are cleaing trucks, lawn work ect...

    My shift is the truck maintainance shift so I also have coveralls that we usally wear instead of our dress shirts, they say our dept name and also have our logo on it.

    The dept I volunteer with only wears t shirts unless they are dealing with inspections, or station vistors, and I feel very unprofessional when I am there.

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    Default we do wear the badge..

    Yes, we do wear a badge on our "duty shirt". We do have the option, in the winter to wear our "job" shirts over that. I think they do look more "professional" or neat when around patient's, public etc. but when your local PD wears the same color and the only difference "seems" to be the gun, a few pins and a different patch, in a true emergency, people don't differentiate at a quick glance. Our Lt's wear light blue, and chiefs white.

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    Unless your company is planning on responding to a "phone alarm for the report of a Parade in the area", leave the pins and brass for funerals and official functions.

    There is a reason it is called a work-duty shirt.

    Simple dark blue button down shirt with Dept patch looks nice enough. Light Blue for officers and White for the Chiefs. Honestly I could do without the silly embriodery.

    T shirts are also good enough unless you are doing building inspections or are investigating a complaint.

    Pretty simple system that works well around here.

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    Lex I agree about the T Shirt, But when Im given only a work shirt and
    T-shirt for night shift. Thats what I wear. Does Mrs Smith care probally not. Do you all wear the same T shirt? And I also agree on leaving the brass for a parade but I dont make that decission. I have a badge and name plate. I dont wear though. But Im just a firefighter....
    Want to heat this up a little you like to wear a T-shirt but is it ok for a Volunteer Co to be issued work shirts with a badge.
    Not picking on Vollies as they do the same job as career, and Mrs Smith wont care either but do you?

    Just asking....Not Attacking.

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    Thumbs down yeah no kidding..

    FFFRED, I couldn't agree more. I'm old school. Tees with pants and boots/shoes etc. ID on shirts saying FD or whatever. I don't know why we don't look "professional" enough with tee shirts or job shirts etc. I guess the tin etc. enables you to do the job better....I don't even want to go into it. Sore subject. Oh, and when the tones hit at night, we're expected to have that son-of-a-gun shirt buttoned and tucked in for every call. Yeah, right!...

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    I too would like to just wear a T-Shirt. Our chief never wears his duty shirt. Hes always in jeans and a sweater or Golf shirt with slacks. But we are told to wear our duty uniform. And its black and in the summer its so hot. We have
    T-Shirts issued as well but only to be used for house chores or training but other then that we have to wear the issued uniform. We get around it by wearing our work Sweater and Tee under it. But the uniform does look alot more proffessional even if Mrs Smith doesnt care.
    Doesnt make us Professional just makes us look more proffessional.
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    In Alliance Ohio, we wear T-shirts or sweatshirts when responding to emergency calls or just sitting in the station. But when we do inspections, parades, or something where we are in the public eye (non-emergency) we wear our button ups with our badges and name tags. And we wear a completely different blue than that of the PD.

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    We have a laxed unifrom policy. Summer months its t-shirts and if your going out to do an inspection or fire prevention button down shirts. We also have the option of a polo shirt. Winter its usually long sleeve tee's and a sweatshirt. We have a couple different style tee's floating around but its mo big deal if we match perfectly. It works and we function well. No one has complained yet. On a side not we are finally getting nice class A uniforms so we'll all match. Can't wait!
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    We all have the same Tee shirts well capt's have white. We were these during the day working around the firehouse and on pumper calls. When we go into the public or on ambulance calls we were gray polo’s capt's wear red or blue job shirts. The Badge shirts are worn very little anymore we only wear them if we go do PR or our other shirts are dirty or in the wash. At any time we can wear them over anything else if we want. Polo's and job shirts are the way to go.

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    The combination department I am a volunteer for has dark blue t-shirts for normal duty time. We have sometimes worn them at special events since the back has in big yellow letters the word FIRE. Other events that a bit nicer shirt is needed we have a dark maroon polo shirt. Then there are the class A uniforms that are worn on very special occasions. The t-shirts and polo shirt are all the same with no rank or name on them just the department logo on front.
    The paid department I work for is similar. T-shirts or polo shirt during duty hours. Sometimes when doing inspections or a certain event we wear the polo shirt other than that its up to the individual which one you want to wear that day. Firefighters and Lieutenants have dark blue, Captains wear red and Chief officers have white. We also have our class A light blue button down with all the brass trimming for special events.

    As far as which looks more professional, I don't think it really matters as long as the shirt is in good shape and the firefighters work in a professional maner. Responding as a vollie, we sometimes get a call when your doing yardwork or something. Sometimes have responded with a tank top on, most people understand that we are mainly a volunteer department and only care about the service that is performed. Some of us, especially the officers, try to keep a department t-shirt with the bunker gear to slip on before responding but it is not required.
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    I was a Reserve for a mid-sized dept. where whenever we left the station we had to be in our class b's. At night it didn't matter.

    Now I am career at a different department and we never where our class b's. It's t-shirts and sweatshirts everywhere. I don't think we look very professional but who cares what I say I am a probie!

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    I'm on a combination department. The paid guys wear polo shirts with the dept. logo embroidered on the front. Winter time they will sometimes wear long sleeve t-shirts.
    The volunteers wear short and long sleeved t-shirts and sweatshirts.
    We all have a dress uniform also with long sleeve button shirt, pants, tie, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firejer3 View Post
    In Alliance Ohio, we wear T-shirts or sweatshirts when responding to emergency calls or just sitting in the station. But when we do inspections, parades, or something where we are in the public eye (non-emergency) we wear our button ups with our badges and name tags. And we wear a completely different blue than that of the PD.
    This is how we do it, as well. Basically if it's a non-emergency event we're leaving the station for (or if there's a station tour or something scheduled), we have to put on the uniform shirt. Emergency runs we wear whatever we've got on (pants and t-shirt/sweatshirt unless it's workout time and we're in shorts).

    Our problem is that after we went from light blues to navy blue, the cops and ambulance liked it so much they switched! I'm sure if we found a new color they'd like it, too.

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