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When firefighters take on flames, full bunker gear is required for their protection, regardless of the time of year.

But on medical calls, or instances like the trench collapse in Covington last month, different uniforms are allowed to make life-saving efforts efficient and comfortable for firefighters.

However, the Mandeville Firefighters’ Association is taking issue with a policy enforced at St. Tammany Fire District #4 that singles out crew members with tattoos.

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