Some rank and file members say the mandate comes at the worst possible time in the dead of winter. They will have to shell out an estimated $300 to $400 for new clothing like coats, jackets, sweatshirts and hats.
But a spokesman for the fire department tells FOX 5 the firefighters have known about the rule change since last June and that the recent memo was just a "reminder" of the rule change.
The logo change first sparked controversy last spring. The new fire chief said he wanted the new logo to include "EMS" for Emergency Medical Services.