- December 3rd, 2017, 8:18 am
So, this thread is literally several years old, but I don't think the original question ever really got answered beyond "local pride". Here is how I look at it. This may not be the same way everybody else does, but this is my point of view. Look at a lot of your fire departments in major cities. I'm not talking about "Farmersville Volunteer Fire Protection District", I'm talking about Chicago City Fire or the FDNY. They are one department. That one department is broken up into multiple Battalions, and those Battalions are broken up into multiple Companies. ALL of them use the DEPARTMENT logo on their trucks and their uniforms. However, some Companies may have a mascot or a Company specific logo that is painted on a compartment door of a truck or printed on the back of a station t-shirt. Look at Hook and Ladder 8 in NY. They have No-Ghost logo t-shirts, they have a No-Ghost logo painted on the sidewalk in front of the station, but their trucks and uniforms still have the standard FDNY logos on them. I feel that in the fictional universe where our franchises are legitimate franchises of Ghostbusters International, replacing the company logo with a franchise logo would be a violation of uniform guidelines. Essentially, you would be "out of uniform". You may work for "The Timbuktu Ghostbusters", but you still represent "Ghostbusters" as a corporation. The company may turn a blind eye to a franchise logo on the left sleeve or on the chest or wherever, but the corporate logo should be where it is supposed to be per the uniform policy. That said, all of the franchises are as much fiction as anything else "Ghostbusters" related. There is no corporate supervisor breathing down your neck to enforce a uniform policy that doesn't even exist. So franchises can really do whatever they want. My thought process comes from over a decade of actually working in public service at private companies and departments, so that's what I work with. My franchise will wear the uniform as it appeared in the films. The company logo is on the right sleeve, as well as the doors of the ectomobile. However, our ectomobile will have the franchise logo on it somewhere and in a way that it doesn't outshine the corporate logo, and we will have it printed on the back of black t-shirts for wear under the flight suit.