Mo. Firefighters Told Not to Wear Pink
CHESTERFIELD (AP) - A suburban St. Louis fire district is banning firefighters from wearing pink T-shirts - the traditional color worn during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two of the three board members for the Monarch Fire Protection District in Chesterfield say the pink shirts aren't professional and could confuse the public.
Dozens of fire districts in the region participate in the Pink Heals Movement, a national to generate awareness and support for women battling cancer. Chesterfield firefighters say they've worn the shirts the past four years.
Some wonder if the board's decision has to do more with politics than safety concerns. The makeup of the board changed in the April election, leading to chilly relations between the board and union firefighters.