City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
A. To facilitate the display of a neat and professional appearance by members of the Fire Department by establishing policy and guidelines concerning Fire Department uniforms.
B. To provide command, company, and functional identification for Fire Department personnel and the public.
C. To establish the uniformity of dress for all uniformed members of the department.
D. To establish guidelines for the placement of uniform accessories and guidelines on work shoes furnished by the department.
A. All uniform clothing worn by Fire Department members shall meet Charlottesville Fire Department specifications and shall be neat in appearance.
B. Fire Department members shall maintain, at least, the minimum amount of uniform clothing necessary to meet the standards set forth in this policy.
C. Members shall not remain in any state of undress or semi-undress during waking hours.
D. Those uniforms which are listed within this policy shall be the only officially recognized uniforms of the Charlottesville Fire Department.
E. Members shall not sleep in uniforms during normal sleeping hours.
This policy covers those uniforms worn by members of the Charlottesville Fire Department.
A. The Fire Chief shall have the authority to establish or change Fire Department uniform standards and policies.
B. All members are responsible for maintaining a neat and professional appearance within the guidelines of this policy.
C. All officers are responsible to insure that those whom they supervise comply with Departmental uniform standards.
A. Fire personnel shall wear and maintain their uniforms in such a manner so as to present a neat and clean appearance.
B. Uniforms shall be clean and free of rips, tears, and holes and shall not be missing any required parts such as buttons, patches, and accessories.
C. Only those uniform accessories which are listed within this policy are approved to be worn with Fire Department uniforms. (See Item 1.13 - Uniform Accessories)
D. Uniforms are to worn only during On-Duty working hours unless otherwise approved by the Fire Chief. Employees shall not wear uniforms for private purposes such as working around the house, outside employment, or other like activities.
E. When reporting for normal duty, Suppression and Communications personnel shall wear a regulation uniform (Class B). Approved sweatshirts may be worn on the outside of the Class B uniform shirt provided that the shirt collars are worn on the outside of the sweatshirts. T-shirts are not to be worn in place of the regulation uniform shirt when reporting for duty. Chief Officers shall wear a Class A uniform. Staff officers shall wear either Class A uniform or appropriate business attire. Civilian employees shall wear appropriate business attire.
F. Employees must wear their full uniforms at all times during on- duty working hours.
1. Necessary exceptions may be made by the shift's Fire Battalion Chief or Officer-In-Charge as the situation dictates.
2. At any given time, all shift members shall be in the same uniform unless otherwise specified by the shift's Fire Battalion Chief.
G. All uniforms shall conform to the standards established in this policy by the Fire chief.
H. A complete Class "A" and Class "B" uniform shall be kept at a members assigned station at all times and will be available for inspection when requested.
I. Members may change into civilian clothes at the discretion of the Officer-In-Charge if they are leaving their normal tour of duty.
J. Members of the department will report for normal duty in a clean uniform.
K. No civilian clothing will be worn over top of any Fire Department uniform at any time nor Fire Department clothing over civilian clothing.
The work (Class B) uniform is worn by all personnel attached to the Fire Suppression force who hold the rank of Fire Battalion Captain through Fire Fighter. The Work uniform is an optional uniform for Chief Officers and forty (40) hour personnel, depending upon the type of activities in which they may be engaged. The following items comprise the work uniforms:
A. Short or long sleeve shirt, blue for Fire Fighters and Fire Captains and white for Fire Battalion Captains. (Also, See Item 1.10 - T-Shirts)
B. Blue trousers.
C. Winter navy coat (worn also with dress uniform).
D. Black belt with buckle.
E. Black shoes made of leather or similar material.
F. Black, dark blue, or white socks with black tops.
G. Sweat Shirts
H. Appropriate accessories. (See Item 1.13)
The full dress (Class A) uniform is worn by Fire Department members during the biannual inspections, by Chief Officers and Staff Officers, and such other times as the Fire Chief may direct. The following items comprise the full dress uniform:
A. Dress blue trousers.
B. Dress blue jacket.
C. Long sleeve uniform shirt.
D. Black tie.
E. Black belt with buckle.
F. Black shoes.
G. Black, dark blue socks, or white socks with black tops.
H. Blue winter coat.
I. Dress hat.
Black shoes made of leather or a similar material will be worn with both classes of uniforms.
A. No canvas shoes shall be worn.
B. Shoes will be kept clean and polished at all times while on duty.
C. Shoes with rips, tears, and/or holes will not be worn while on duty.
Socks worn with either class of uniform will be black, blue, or white with black tops.
A. T-shirts, white or dark blue in color, may be worn while on-duty in lieu of work uniform shirt.
B. T-shirts issued by the department may be worn with civilian clothes while off-duty. T-shirts purchased from the Department may be worn by family members. Approved association issued T-shirts may also be worn as part of the Class "A" or Class "B" uniform.
C. All department personnel will report to work in a regulation uniform shirt and not a T-shirt.
D. T-shirts may not be worn while on inspections or on any other occasion where the main purpose is personal contact with the public.
E. T-shirts worn as the outer shirt of the work uniform must be tucked inside the uniform pants.
A. Only approved navy blue sweat shirts may be worn whether issued by the department or by the association. Such sweat shirts consist of a blue on white or white on blue logo over the left breast and no markings on the back of the sweat shirt.
B. When the sweat shirt is worn over the Class "B" uniform shirt, the uniform shirt collar will be worn outside of the sweat shirt.
C. Sweat shirts may not be worn with Class "A" uniforms.
A. The basic uniform accessories issued to all personnel are listed in l.l2.
B. Patches, badges, insignias or any other type of accessories shall be worn only if approval has first been obtained from the office of the Fire Chief.
l. Fire Service Training patches issued by the State Department of Fire Services Training may be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform shirt one (l) inch below the shoulder seam.
2. Only one (l) patch may be worn per uniform.
D. Collar Insignia
l. Collar insignias issued will be worn one (l) inch above the tip of the uniform shirt collar and centered on the collar.
2. Collar insignias as issued will be worn on the lapel of the Class "A" blouse as described.
3. Collar insignias on the blouse shall be placed with the wide end of the (primary) trumpet(s) opening to the corner of the collar.
4. Collar insignias will be worn on the lapel one (l) inch from the outside seam of the winter coat.
5. Collar insignias on the winter coat shall be placed with the wide end of the (primary) trumpet(s) opening to the end of the shoulder.
E. Badges as issued will be worn on the uniform shirt or coat above the left breast pocket.
F. Name plates will be worn centered over the right breast pocket with the pin parallel to and touching the top of the pocket.
G. Only official Fire Department hats may be worn by on-duty personnel.
A. Work (Class B) Uniform
l. Work pants - 8 pairs.
2. Work shirt - 4 long sleeve and 4 short sleeve.
3. Winter coat - l.
4. Uniform shoes - 1 pair.
5. Black belt - 1.
6. Belt buckle - 1.
7. T-Shirts - 8.
B. Dress (Class A) Uniform
l. Dress uniform pants - l.
2. Dress uniform shirt - l (long sleeve).
3. Dress uniform jacket - l.
4. Dress uniform hat - l.
5. Dress uniform tie - l.
l. Fire Department patch - l per shirt.
2. Collar insignias - l pair.
3. Hat badge - l.
4. Uniform badge - l.
5. Name plate - l.
6. Fire Department Baseball Cap - l.
A. Members wishing to obtain additional uniform items shall submit a request for such to their direct supervisor.
B. Clothing requests shall contain a list of the clothing items desired, quantities of each and sizes.
C. Requests will then be forwarded to the Deputy Fire Chief for approval.
D. All requests for new shoes, including those not issued by the Department, must first be approved by the Deputy Fire Chief. Individuals wishing to purchase their own shoes must furnish (to the Deputy Fire Chief) a pictorial description of what they want to buy.
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