Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Fire Service’s ability to honor all its members with a ‘last call’ Class A Dress Uniform just got way better.

The old adage that nothing stays the same came into play for the Bereavement Uniform Program when word was received that the long time national leadership of a major fire service organization was changing. “You’d think the opportunity to honor … Continue reading

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The Pennsylvania Fireman Newsletter editor continues to lead PA toward dress uniforms for all.

Pennsylvania’s firefighting community’s move toward the adoption of the Bereavement Uniform Program is continued to be led by Ernie Rohajn, editor of The Pennsylvania Fireman. “The Bereavement Uniform Program provides an extraordinary opportunity for people who understand the value and … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Fire Service took a little step closer to honoring all with a dress uniform.

The Massachusetts Fire Service got a little closer to honoring all their firefighters with a Class A Dress Uniform for burial when Chief Joe Maruca decided to stand up and step up and help FCAM Secretary Treasurer Bill Dolan carry … Continue reading

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Fire Department dress caps / hats are back in vogue.

People without military in their background generally are ambivalent dress caps and their decision to incorporate them into their dress uniform complement is based on how they ‘feel’. “The mobilizing of the National Guard reset the dress hat equation from … Continue reading

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FD Dress uniforms are reinventing themsleves

A generation ago, many firefighters without military in their background referred to the Class Dress Uniforms as a funeral uniform. “For a variety of reasons, the newest generation of firefighter has a different relationship to their Class A  dress uniform. … Continue reading

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State of Washington is taking the lead in making sure all have a Class A Dress Uniform available to answer their ‘last call’

The Washington Fire Chiefs and its president Jim Walkowski have joined the Washington State Firefighters Association in making sure the information gets out about the Bereavement Uniform Program. “Most people are very good at ‘lip service’, but separation often occurs … Continue reading

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Bereavement Uniform Program recalibrates its message

The Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) has adjusted its sights from trickling down to percolating up. “Several state firefighters associations, in the last couple weeks, have made the decision to ‘take the BUP lead’.  I think what is happening is the … Continue reading

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Bereavement Uniform Program has made significant inroads in Class A Dress Uniforms available to all

The California Fire Chiefs Association’s Executive Director Chief Eric Dutton made a huge statement of support by making available a whole page in their 2014 Annual Report to the introduction of the Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) . “I don’t even … Continue reading

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A Class A Dress Uniform to answer ‘last call’ took a big step at FRI.

At the IAFC’s Annual FRI Conference, the VCOS (Volunteer Combination Officers Section) responded to our Bereavement Uniform Program presentation with a motion which was passed to formally adopt and promote the BUP through its good offices. “Recognition of the Bereavement … Continue reading

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