WEST BARNSTABLE (CBS) – A fundraiser for breast cancer awareness by two fire departments on Cape Cod is being met with some complaints from residents.

Barnstable and West Barnstable fire departments were collecting bras and donations during breast cancer awareness month.

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Fire stations in Barnstable and West Barnstable have decorated pink ladders with bras that people have dropped off.

“We placed a pink ladder out in front of the station and we’re asking people to drop off and donate bras to hang on the ladder and also to make donations, to make monetary donations to bring awareness to breast cancer and to find a cure for it,” West Barnstable Fire Lt. Chris Greim said to WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

A couple of firefighters came up with the idea after seeing something similar on a road trip to Nova Scotia.

But some people, including a couple of breast cancer survivors think the idea is tacky.

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The complaints prompted Barnstable Fire Department to take down the bras and replace them with ribbons.

But West Barnstable plans to keep them up in front of the firehouse.

“They don’t particularly care for it. But you’re going to get that with anything,” Lt. Chris Greim said.

Greim tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that the department plans on donating the bras at the end of the month.

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