In 1642 Rembrandt van Rijn completed his world famous painting The Night Watch (De Nachtwacht). Inspired by this painting, fashion designer and hair artist Müfide Halaceli, with the collaboration of Elizabeth Kleinpitch and 30 Dutch women holding top positions, produced De Dameswacht.
Following the decision of the Twente Fire Brigade to purchase new turnout gear based on TenCate Millenia™ came the idea for the Fire Watch (De Brandwacht).
The Fire Watch was unveiled and presented to the fire brigade on Thursday 26 May, 2016
The members of the Twente Fire Brigade grouped around the head of the Fire Brigade Stephan Wevers and his colleague Maurice Winkel. Stephan Wevers is also chair of Brandweer Nederland (the umbrella organisation of Dutch fire brigades) and of the Council of Regional Chief Fire Officers.
The photographer Willem van Walderveen immortalised the company.