Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s New Uniform Patch

May 22, 2014 16:00 pm · 41 comments

confire_patch

This new patch will be on all the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District uniforms.

The patches cost $2 to make. Each uniformed employee was provided with two patches; one for their uniform shirt, and one for their class A jacket. Each employee has more than one uniform shirt, so they purchase more patches on their own for the cost of $4 each. That extra $2 goes to a charity fund to help fund the department’s Bikes for Tykes program, fallen firefighter programs and various other charity events, according to a fire district employee.

Looks nice. Thanks to ConFire for the picture.

1 Old Timer May 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

It looks very nice and we couldn’t live without our fire fighters.Just wonder why we are closing stations and it looks expensive to make such a patch.

2 Jose May 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Looks nice, what was the cost to tax payers to develop new design.

3 Road King Terry May 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Looks good, those guys are the best…

4 Shelly May 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I like the design very much.

5 Triple Canopy May 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

How much was spent on the consultant(s) who designed the patch?

6 It cost 3 billion dollars to design May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

In other words, we could have hired two firefighters for every man, woman, and child in the county.

Seriously, people, how much do you think a freakin’ patch costs? Anywhere near a firefighter’s salary?

7 The Realist May 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

When they are laying off men, closing stations, dealing with unfunded pension liabilities and threatening more cut backs, I’d like to know how much the design, manufacture, and implementation of this new pretty design is costing the taxpayers? Are they at least made in the USA…

8 Trigger Happy May 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Waste of money I say. What’s wrong with their old patch?

9 Vito May 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The patches cost $2 to make. Each uniformed employee was provided with 2, one for their uniform shirt, one for their class A jacket. Each employee has more than 1 uniform shirt, so we purchase more on our own for the cost of $4 each. That extra $2 goes to our charity fund to help fund our Bikes for Tykes program, fallen firefighter programs and various other charity events.

10 Vito May 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

There was no “old” patch.

11 Crankcord Doug May 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

If this patch saves just one life, it will be worth what ever its cost.

12 ANON May 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

“dealing with unfunded pension liabilities”

They knew about this for years & years & did nothing

13 Hmmmm May 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

How much tax payer $$$ is paid each firefighter to have their shirts, pants and jackets cleaned and pressed and their patches sewn on?

14 Julio May 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Agree, there are far more pressing things and unfunded pension and health care liabilities are at the top of the list.

15 ANON May 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

“Agree, there are far more pressing things and unfunded pension and health care liabilities are at the top of the list.”

If you knew the real numbers for the county worker on this subject you would be in fire.

16 spudly May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

It’s alright, I guess. From a design perspective the Bear Flag looks a little funky being upside down, but I’m a sucker for any logo with Mt. Diablo. Was there really no OLD patch? How did the uniform identify CCC Fire? Just some plain words?

17 Upset jet May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

13Hmmmm May 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM
How much tax payer $$$ is paid each firefighter to have their shirts, pants and jackets cleaned and pressed and their patches sewn on?

It costs the tax payers nothing. The cost comes out of the firefighters pocket for those services you just mentioned.

18 Barack May 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Really? This is the first I’ve heard about it!

19 Antler May 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Try to imagine this patch in an emergency context with many types of agencies moving fast, perhaps in near darkness. To my eyes, the words “County Fire” would completely disappear! And shouldn’t there be a red flame icon somewhere?. I just need above all else to have these words stand out:

CONTRA. COSTA. COUNTY

FIRE

20 funny man May 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

putting the CON into confire!
nuthin to see here ppl… just open up your wallet and pay more property taxes!

21 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Antler – in an emergency situation a FF is so geared up you can’t see their face let alone a patch on a shirt, or the dang shirt for that matter.

22 Doctor May 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

In real, let the FF’s have some pride.

23 Don't blame the working firefighters May 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I’ll bet some administrator cooked this one up. Didn’t want to deal with solving any of the real problems facing the district so he busied himself with un-needed uniform additions.

24 Antler May 23, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Cuzzzzzz at #21 ……. Point taken.

25 Are They Happy? May 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Does it make our firefighters happy? This little thing? CDF changed to CAL FIRE a while back, which made a huge difference to moral at minimal cost to the tax payers. Most police agencies wanted black and white police cars to establish their identities, at little cost to their agencies. Made em happy. A patch that they want to establish their Contra Costa Fire identity? Long over due if we didn’t already have one. (But really, we didn’t have one til now?) Trust me, don’t die on this mound people and let them have it. This is a small battle. Focus on the bigger issues. If they like it, we should like it. Just be at our house in 7 min or less if we call you …

26 Really, people. May 23, 2014 at 5:55 AM

It’s a $2.00 patch. It didn’t raise your property taxes and it didn’t take money that would have kept stations open.

You’d probably be surprised how much money for uniforms, gear, boots, etc. comes out of the firefighters’ own pockets.

27 Fred May 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

“You’d probably be surprised how much money for uniforms, gear, boots, etc. comes out of the firefighters’ own pockets.”

Prove it to us..now
they get uniform allowance every year
also 6 figure salary
many hundreds show up to test to get the job–none are complaining

28 jtkatec May 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

It’s a nice patch, all soft and fuzzy but if I had designed it, (which I was not asked). the patch would have a burning building on it, with big ol flames!

29 (insert name here) May 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The only 2 things I’d change is the number of stars on the US flag and the number of stripes. I would have put 50 stars on it (not 40) and I’d have used 13 stripes (not 9). Otherwise, cool patch, I like it.

30 @Fred May 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I’m not going to prove anything to you because I don’t care if you believe me. But I work for a Fire Department (not as a firefighter, and not for ConFire), so I have some knowledge of how things work.

31 Concord Pathetic May 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Whhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?????

A new BADGE???

I’ll bet they put fires out twice as fast now!!!

We don’t need no stikin’ badges…

32 Kerri May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Thank you Con Fire for your strong service to the community. I was raised, thankfully, with a lot of respect for police/fire. Support our first responder’s, they are the ones that save our lives, put out our fires, keep us safe, and much more. Love the new patch!

33 @ Really, people #26 May 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The cost is built in to ALLLLLL of the $$$$$$$ and benefits’ packages. No surprise there.

34 Sawyer May 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Not a firefighter, don’t know any firefighters from this county and I think it’s a little ridiculous to have a press announcement over a patch. That said do I care that the fire department spent probably around $600 for new patches? No…..no I do not. For those of you who are so fixated on this, it’s not going to cause layoffs, or cause fire station closures, baby seals won’t start dying suddenly, and kittens won’t begin crying. It’s a whole lot of nothing to give some guys a morale boost and apparently help a charity benefiting children.

If this is something that fixates you and emotionally charges you as it appears above. It’s time to do a little inward reflection on why you are the way you are. For those who may be dating people fixated on this. Run, run now, run very fast. There is a whole big bunch of killjoy circling these people.

35 (insert name here) May 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I think a patch is THE least expensive thing that could be done to boost morale, show a little pride, and fraternize a group of people who do things a lot of other people can’t do or wouldn’t do. I can’t think of anything less expensive…a lapel pin would cost more, new shoe laces? Now, if they built 4 completely new stations, and replaced their perfectly fine trucks with ones that were slightly shinier, all the while ignoring the unfunded pensions…that would be a problem. A patch? That’s well spent money for all the good it brings. Aww heck, okay, go ahead and get the new shoe laces too.

36 ANON May 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

“I’m not going to prove anything to you because I don’t care if you believe me.”

You just made Fred’s point 100%
too afraid to give facts ??

37 B0s May 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Hopefully they can start doing ambulance service, they need to fund those big fat pensions and salaries some how, they are losing stations cause they can’t afford themselves

38 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Oh for sh*t sake……..some of you are completely disgusting. Piss and moan about everything. Taxpayer money this, tax payer money that. Just proves that Claycord is a lower middle class as other communities in the area view it.
It is a freakin $2 patch and all some of you are getting your freakin drawers in a wad. Tell you what, next time you have a medical emergency or fire don’t call the FF’s . Career envy must be a real b*tch for some of you. Remember your could have been a FF instead of some pathetic pencil pusher or sales person………….choice was all yours

39 ANNON May 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Its all good for morale ect..when you take a way the warm and fuzzy..is there any cost being absorbed by the CCC Fire Protection District? If one cent is being paid for by the district then its irresponsible given the current financial constraints. If the employees are willing to throw down for the change, the so be it!

40 doyouseewhatisee May 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Kudos, you did that!

41 doyouseewhatisee May 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Kudos, you did that! :-)

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