It's about firefighters' personal protective equipment.(ICP)

Fifteen years ago, sitting in the Four Shires Services Mess at The Fire Service College, one may have observed two key colours--blue and white--denoted by the shirts that people wore with a black tie, black trousers and, in winter, a NATO blue pullover. For really important occasions the pullover was substituted with a jacket which, by and large, presented a national identity

Diversity and modernisation through the 1990s and beyond has led us to move away from the 'militaristic' and rather 'male' aspects of shirt and tie to the more inclusive clothing that many Services now provide. Because these changes have been led locally, the casualty has been a national identity, but only as far as station wear is concerned. …

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