The Monarch Fire Protection District is banning firefighters from wearing pink T-shirts, saying the shirts – which support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October – are unprofessional and could confuse the public.
Chesterfield firefighters say they have worn the shirts the past four years, but a board majority now says no.
“Firefighters are selling these around the community,” said board member Jane Cunningham. “If they get called to a home, how is the person to ID them as a Monarch emergency firefighter as opposed to a member of the public?”
The makeup of the elected board changed in April, leading to chilly relations with union firefighters.