GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Grand Junction Fire Department has recently turned down members of the public who have requested memorabilia from them, and they're asking people not to wear patches or clothing that display the GJFD logo.
"We wanted to create a public awareness of what our policy is. We can't have people on a daily basis wearing material bearing our logo and our patch," said Dirk Clingman, a fire department spokesperson.
The department says that wearing the logo in public has become a safety concern.
"If you were having an emergency, and saw someone approaching you in a Grand Junction Fire Department uniform or t-shirt, you might make some leap to conclusions that might not be accurate," Clingman said.
The firefighters themselves are held to a similar standard.
"Our personnel, when they are off duty are not permitted to wear their job shirts, t-shirts or badges. And so by extension, that's not something that we can really have the public at large doing either," Clingman said.
Other fire departments in the area also feel the same way.
Despite the policies that prevent the Grand Junction Fire Department from handing out merchandise, they are still flattered that people want their memorabilia.
"We are very grateful for the support we get from our community and the interest that the community has in our department," Clingman said.