There is a new round of controversy over a D.C. Fire Department logo change.
FOX 5 has a copy of a memo sent from the chief on December 28. The memo says that as of January 1, 2012, if members wear the old "DCFD" logo on outerwear, they could be subject to disciplinary action.
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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.