Metro-area firefighters ordered to change uniforms to look less like police officers

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DENVER -- Metro-area fire departments have ordered changes to uniforms in light of recent threats against law enforcement and as a way to keep personnel safe on the job.

The West Metro Fire Department is having firefighters wearing a more casual look. The blue T-shirt has the words "Fire-Rescue" in large letters on the back and is the department's class "C" uniforms.

That's opposed to the other uniforms, which are a blue shirt with a collar and a badge, a look that is close to a police officer's uniform. It's in response to recent threats made to law enforcement, including an anonymous call to Aurora dispatch on Sunday.

There is no word if the change will be permanent, but in light of the current environment and threats, no one at West Metro wants to take any chances.

In Aurora, firefighters have been told to stop wearing their badges until further notice.

The Arvada Fire Department also has changed to its class C uniforms, which means either a T-shirt or polo, no badge and no picture of a badge on a shirt.

And in Westminster, firefighters there also have changed to class C uniforms, which are T-shirts and no badge.