NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Firefighter organizations are getting heated over the possibility of having to fork over a $100 fee to be affiliated with the FDNY.

According to the New York Post, the department wants to protect its brand by controlling who gets to use the trademarked FDNY letters.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports

The $100 would cover an application fee to become an FDNY-affiliated organization, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

Fire organizations would also have to turn in a roster of members, detail and fundraising initiatives and explain its activities to the FDNY to gain affiliation, Smith reported.

Groups like the Pulaski Association and the FDNY Vikings told the Post they’ve been associated with the department for years and are wondering why they now need to pay for that privilege.

The new policy is aimed at cracking down on outside groups that use FDNY and other city-owned trademarks for merchandise that brings in roughly $24 million a year, according to the Post.

The policy calls for a renewal every three years to remain an affiliated organization, the Post reported.

City officials told the Post that the goal of the new policy is to prevent unauthorized users from tarnishing the fire department’s good name.

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