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					Col            Columbia No. 1 Fire Department
               STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES


                     Department Operations
                      Guideline Reference:      004
                      Response:                 N/A
                      Subject:                  Uniform Policy
                      Revised:                  January 1, 2006


04.01           PURPOSE
It will be policy, that the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department members will display a
positive and professional image when operating at all standbys, displays, parades,
trainings and when ever functioning in the eyes of the public.

One important factor in a professional image is consistency of the crew being displayed.
Officer or designated OIC of detail will determine level of consistency, i.e. winter
display, types if any jackets worn. Chief officer or OIC of event may alter uniform if he
or she deems necessary.

04.02      POLICY
1.    DRESS UNIFORM STANDARDS
      A.   FIREFIGHTER UNIFORM POLICY; CLASS "A"

           1. Navy blue pants-Neatly pressed with no additional pockets or snaps,
              other than two hand pockets already provided, and 2 rear pockets.
              Note: Dickies are acceptable but DO NOT match uniform shirt as well as
              other navy blue pants once washed.

           2. Black 1 1/2" leather belt. Smooth with no decorative buckles. Silver
              buckle is required

           3. Navy blue pleated short sleeve uniform shirt. Patches will consist of
              company patch on right sleeve sewn 1" below seam. Left sleeve will
              consist of water emergency team patch sewn 1" below seam.

           4. Tee shirt under uniform shirt will consist of white or navy blue tee shirt,
              the only acceptable logos, or symbols or pictures on tee shirt will be
              that of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department, no others will be
              accepted.
          5. Badge will consist of standard company badge, silver with firefighter in
             arch. Badge will be worn on left chest above pocket.

          6. Collar brass will consist of round silver & red fire department pins.
             Pins will be worn on both collars.

          7. Name tag will be silver, placed on right chest. Nametag will have first
             initial, last name on tag. No decorative symbols of any type.

          8. Black tie, no bow ties. If tiepins are worn they will be worn by all
             firefighters on apparatus or in-group. Every firefighter will wear same
             type and color tiepin if they are to be worn.

          9. Shoes will be black polished, low cut if possible. They will be laced or
             zippered.

          10. Blue or black socks will be worn with shoes.

          11. No hats, of any type will be worn.

B.   OFFICER UNIFORM POLICY; CLASS "A"
     1. Navy blue pants-neatly pressed with no additional pockets or snaps, other
        than two hand pockets and rear pockets already provided. If issued or
        wearing "Class A Jacket", pants color should match jacket.

     2.    Black 1 1/2" leather belt. Smooth with no decorative buckles. Silver buckle
           is required.

     3.    All chiefs will wear white pleated short sleeve uniform shirts. Patches will
           consist of company patch on right sleeve sewn 1" below seam. Left sleeve
           will consist of water emergency team patch, sewn 1" below seam. Long
           sleeve shirts may be utilized if OIC of event warrants.

           Captains and lieutenants will wear white short sleeve pleated
           uniform shirts. Patches will be in same formation as for firefighters
           and chiefs.

     4.    Tee shirt under uniform shirt will consist of white tee shirt with no types of
           markings, pictures or symbols, and it is recommended that a tee shirt be
           worn. All personnel wearing navy blue shirts have the choice of wearing
           white or navy blue tee shirts. The only acceptable logos, symbols, or pictures
           on tee shirt will be that of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department. No others
           will be accepted.
5.   Badge will consist of standard company badge, gold for chiefs with
     appropriate markings. Captains and Lieutenants will wear silver
     badges with appropriate markings. Badge for all officers will be worn
     on left chest above pocket.

6.   Designation of officers will be that of trumpets. Following number of
     trumpets will designate officers:
                        5 Trumpets               Chief             Gold
                        4 Trumpets               Deputy            Gold
                        3 Trumpets               Assist            Gold
                        2 Trumpets               Captain           Silver
                        1 Trumpet                Lieutenant        Silver

7.   Collar brass for officers will consist of trumpets representing their
     rank. Gold trumpets will represent chiefs; silver will represent
     captains and lieutenants. Collar insignias will be worn on both
     collars. Bell of trumpet will point to tip of collar.

8.   Nametag for chiefs will be gold placed on right chest above pocket.
     Nametag for captains and lieutenants will be silver, also worn on
     right chest. Nametag will have first initial, last name on tag. No
     decorative symbols of any type.

9.   Tie will be black with no bow ties. If tiepins are worn, they will be
     worn by all firefighters on apparatus or in-group. Every firefighter will
     wear same type and color tiepin.

10. Blue or black socks will be worn with shoes.

11. Shoes will be black polished, low cut if possible. They will be laced
    or zippered.

12. No hats of any type will be worn.

13. Officer Class A Jacket will be Navy Blue (Department Issued)
.   a.    Official department patch will be on both sleeves of jackets sewn 1"
          below the seam. Water Emergency Team patch will not be displayed
          on Class "A" jacket.
    b.    Sleeve strips will consist of the following: (Both Sleeves)
                       1.     Chief                  5 Strips       Gold
                       2.     Deputy Chief           4 Strips       Gold
                       3.     Assistant Chief        3 Strips       Gold
                       4.     Captain                2 Strips       Gold
                       5.     Lieutenants            1 Strip        Gold
            c.     Jacket buttons will be following color:
                               1.     Chief                    Gold
                               2.     Deputy Chief             Gold
                               3.     Assistant Chief          Gold
                               4.     Captain                  Silver
                               5.     Lieutenants              Silver

Note: If fire chief determines he or she wishes other ancillary staff in jackets, they will
be designated in the following fashion.

       Water Emergency Team Captain                      Two Gold Strips       Silver Buttons
       SCBA Maintenance Officer                          One Gold Strip        Silver Buttons
       Safety Officer                                    One Gold Strip        Silver Buttons
       Aides                                             One Gold Strip        Silver Buttons

C.     FIREFIGHTER AND OFFICER WINTER UNIFORM POLICY
       1. The winter or cold weather uniform of the firefighters will consist of
          the same as the standard uniform.

       2.   Jackets will be at the discretion of the chief or highest line officer.

       3.   All firefighters should attempt to wear the same jackets, if they are worn.

D.     OFFICER AND FIREFIGHTERS CLASS "B" UNIFORM POLICY
       1. Navy blue pants-neatly pressed with no additional pockets or snaps,
          other than two hand pockets already provided, and two rear pockets.

       2.   Black 1 1/2" leather belt. Smooth with no decorative buckles. Silver buckle
            required.

       3.   Navy blue Columbia No. 1 Fire Department tee shirts. The tee shirt
            will have only logos of Columbia No. 1 Fire Department. Since there
            is a variety of tee shirts available, the highest-ranking line officer will
            have final decision on which shirt is to be worn.

       4.   Shoes will be black polished, low cut if possible, unless detail
            warrants wearing boots which will also be black and polished. They
            will be laced or zippered.

       5.   Blue or black socks will be worn with the shoes.

       6.   Hats with a class B uniform will be at the discretion of the chief and
            officer in charge of the detail. If they are to be worn, they will be
            Columbia No. 1 Fire Department hats and all members shall wear them.
04.03         RESPONSIBILITY
It will be the responsibility of all firefighters and officers to display a positive and
professional image. When in uniforms, Class "A" or Class "B", all firefighters and
officers will be clean-cut and shaved. High priorities will be taken with personal
hygiene. All uniforms will be washed and properly pressed with creases.

It is the observed conduct of each individual member that combines to from the image of
the department. This observed conduct has the potential to destroy the professional
image of the department and organization as a whole.

				
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