Trenton's Bravest criticize plan to redesign 'Iron Firefighter' patch
A uniform patch in use for more than 100 years is getting a makeover in the Trenton Fire Department - sparking a controversy and a movement to save the original design.
The current patch features Trenton’s “Iron Firefighter” – the symbol that adorns the memorial to fallen firefighters outside Trenton City Hall.
The redesign does not include the Iron Firefighter. Since then, a Change.org petition has received more than 1,000 signatures to keep the original patch.
“The iron fireman stands for the sacrifice we as Trenton firefighters’ are willing to make and stands tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” the site post says. “If there were to be a change to our patch and uniform it should be based on a majority vote of all members. From there every member who wishes to take part in the development of a new patch should have the opportunity. Without allowing the members to take part in this change is detrimental to the mission and morale of the Trenton Fire Department. The members of this Department are the ones wearing the patch and uniform every shift and our input should be a part of this decision.”
Trenton’s Fire Director Kenneth M. Douglas has been on the job there for about six months. He said he reached out to the rank and file of the department before ordering the change.
He says veteran firefighters can continue to wear the patch on their uniform, but new recruits will receive the new design.
Trenton’s Mayor Reed Gusciora told News 12 that he is going to seek more information from the department’s rank and file on how exactly to proceed – but the new designs are not on hold.