Across the Nation, Firefighters are wearing pink for breast cancer awareness. Wearing pink may not seem like a big deal to the public, changing from the normal department issued uniform T-shirt or polo rarely happens. When I say rarely…this is the first time in my 12 years at my department that I have worn anything but my navy blue t-shirt or class A or B uniform. It is commendable that Fire Chiefs have realized the good of the campaigns and allowed firefighters to wear pink.
I don’t know where it started, but it took off. This year more than ever, firefighters are seen in pink shirts during the month of October for breast cancer awareness and fire prevention month.
The causes vary. It isn’t all Susan G. Komen, Save the Ta-Ta’s, or “I Love Boobs”…It is just a general campaign for breast cancer awareness and it seems to have been mixed in with fire prevention month. Several departments are raising money for various charities related to breast cancer awareness.
I love it!
My department is wearing pink shirts on the middle day of the cycle (it is voluntary). Why wouldn’t you wear the shirt? Yeah, we have guys who won’t wear it. I don’t get it. Many of those same guys are ones who complain about not getting a raise, not getting this or that, low morale. What better way to increase the public perception of your department than to get behind a cause such as this?
And then there is this department:
The North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Firefighters were told they could participate in the National Pink for a Cure campaign…but their department “officials” told them they can only wear the pink shirt inside firehouses or under a department issued T-shirt when in public. Read the entire story here
I don’t think their “Department Officials” have got a clue.
I asked for people to share pictures of them in their pink shirts on the Fire Critic Facebook fan page. You can still share your pictures there. Some of those pictures are below.
More about Prince George’s County Fire/EMS wearing pink:
The Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/EMS Department has donned pink t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has raised $10,000 selling the pink T-shirts. With an original goal of just 200 T-shirts – a group of PGFD Firefighter/Medics have sold about 1,200 shirts and counting.